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Brown vetoes bill giving sex abuse victims more time to file lawsuits

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed a bill that would have given some childhood sex abuse victims more time to file lawsuits, after a heated opposition campaign led by the Catholic Church that stretched from Capitol hallways to Los Angeles church pews.

In an unusually detailed three-page veto message released Saturday, the Democratic governor, a former Jesuit seminarian, said the bill raised questions of equal treatment of public and private employers. Pointing to a centuries-long tradition of limiting the period when legal claims can be filed, Brown said institutions should feel secure that “past acts are indeed in the past and not subject to further lawsuits.” Full Article

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  1. KathieG.

    I completely agree with Governor Brown’s veto. One could only hope that the Governor, and others, would see that this should apply to the registry and punishments inherent to it. “Past acts are indeed in the past and not subject to further lawsuits.” How about changing “lawsuits” in that statement to “punishments” ???

    • MM

      @KathieG … how funny, when I posted my comment yours wasn’t up yet – but, man oh’ man were we on the exact same page!!!!

  2. MM

    Interesting this is what Governor Brown said, per the article.

    Pointing to a centuries-long tradition of limiting the period when legal claims can be filed, Brown said institutions should feel secure that “past acts are indeed in the past and not subject to further lawsuits.”

    REALLY? How about changing ONE word in the above sentence?

    How about “past acts are indeed in the past and not subject to further PUNISHMENT?” –

    – how about that?!

  3. Brubaker

    Gov.Brown on the correct call on that one…..the Constitution again plays the major factor…..equal
    protection …part of the foundation of law for over
    twohundred years…our country’s founding fathers
    with God’s help are still a major factor against injustice.

  4. Brubaker

    Checks & balances of democracy can work to strike down
    bad legislation as this matter has shown….just because legislature passed a law…Doesn’t Make it Right……the wrong
    legislation here was to protect public employees from sex
    abuse lawsuits while allowing NO such protection for private citizens ………Constitution catch phrase…equal protection its what We Do.

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