John Manly Sanctioned By Judge For ‘Unacceptable’ Conduct

As reported by the Associated Press, January 11, 2006:

LOS ANGELES – An attorney representing dozens of alleged victims of clergy abuse was sanctioned by a judge for making "unacceptable" comments during the deposition of a monsignor with the Roman Catholic Church.

Superior Court Judge Haley J. Fromholz said Tuesday that he was sanctioning Costa Mesa attorney John Manly because he wanted "Mr. Manly to get the message that his conduct is unacceptable." The amount of Manly's sanction is yet to be determined.

Manly, who was not in court when he was sanctioned, acknowledged he lost his temper during an argument with church attorneys. He blamed exhaustion.

Manly had suggested that attorneys for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles wanted to suspend the deposition because they "hope the witness will die" before he can be fully questioned.

"I made a mistake, and I have to pay the consequences," Manly said. "I accept what the judge said. My father had died the day before, and I hadn't slept in 72 hours. I probably shouldn't have gone, but I did, and I lost my temper."

The full article can be found on the web site of the San Diego Union-Tribune.