TheMediaReport.com salutes California Gov. Jerry Brown for vetoing California Senate Bill 131 (SB 131), a measure which would have blatantly discriminated against the Catholic Church and purposefully made the Church vulnerable to a second round of civil lawsuits over abuse by Catholic clergy.
SB 131 would have opened up a one year "window" in 2014 allowing anyone over the age of 26 to sue the Catholic Church for damages stemming from clergy sex abuse no matter how long ago the allege abuse occurred. Suits would have been allowed even if the alleged activity took place many decades ago and even if the accused abuser were long ago deceased, thus making it nearly impossible for the Church to effectively defend itself in court.
(California already enacted such a "window statute" a decade ago, which led to the Catholic Church in California paying out about $1.2 billion in settlements because of the "window" year of 2003 determined by the state legislature.)
In addition, public institutions, such as local public schools, where rampant abuse and cover-ups are still happening today, would have been exempt from the wrath of SB 131 (just as they were exempt in 2003 also). SB 131 would have done nothing to protect children from abuse in public schools.
Bravo to Gov. Brown for doing the politically incorrect thing and seeing through this charade by contingency lawyers looking to further empty the coffers of the Catholic Church.
[Read Gov. Brown's veto message here.]
[See previously: "SB 131 EXPOSED: Media Highlights Church Opposition to California Bill" (7/24/13).]