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Judge orders retired Bishop Matthew Clark to be deposed within 30 days

Judge orders retired Bishop Matthew Clark to be deposed within 30 days

WHECTV
Created: February 11, 2020 01:32 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday retired Bishop Matthew Clark will be deposed amid lawsuits filed against the Diocese of Rochester under the Child Victims Act.

A motion filed two weeks ago argues many plaintiffs were abused during Clark's tenure when he was responsible for assigning clergy to their posts. The diocese opposed the motion and referenced statements from his doctor and lawyer, who say Clark is unable to testify because he has Alzheimer's disease.

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A federal judge ruled Clark must be deposed sometime in the next 30 days. The deposition will last up to three hours, including breaks. 

Lawyers representing the diocese, the credit company, and Clark will be allowed in the room during the deposition. Clark's doctors and caretakers will also be allowed in the room.

There will be no video or audio recordings allowed.

The diocese filed for bankruptcy in September.

News10NBC is following this developing story. Check back for updates.


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