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Jax Daily Record Friday, Dec. 30, 201612:00 PM EST

Florida Supreme Court won't hear 1980s priest sex abuse case from South Florida


The state Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear a case involving allegations about sexual abuse by priests in the 1980s in South Florida.

The plaintiff in the case, identified by the initials W.D., filed a lawsuit in Broward County against the Archdiocese of Miami and the St. Bernadette Home & School Association Inc., alleging he was sexually abused by three priests while he was a child.

A circuit judge dismissed the complaint, at least in part finding the lawsuit was barred by a statute of limitations.

A three-judge panel of the 4th District Court of Appeal upheld the circuit judge’s ruling, prompting the plaintiff to go to the Supreme Court.

As is common, justices issued an order that did not explain the reasons for declining to hear the case.

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