No Gag Order in Lawsuit Against Church Alleging Child Sexual Abuse Coverup
An interesting decision from two months ago, now on appeal—Barker v. Victorious Life Christian Church, from New York Albany County trial court Judge Michael Mackey:
In this action brought pursuant to the New York Child Victims Act, CPLR § 214-g [which extended the statute of limitations on cases involving minor sex victims -EV], defendant Victorious Life Christian Church … and defendant Dominick Brignola … separately move for a “gag” order restraining plaintiff Abigail Barker and her counsel from “communicating with representatives of the media, or with any person or entity whom plaintiff or [her] attorney knows or would have reason to know might disseminate information to the public or media pending the outcome of these proceedings” and an order requiring plaintiff and her counsel “to take all steps necessary to remove from the internet its prior media disclosures, press releases and presentations.” …
Plaintiff [sued] …, alleging that defendant Mark Rhodes … sexually molested her in or about 1998 when she was five years old. The incident allegedly occurred while plaintiff and defendant Rhodes were members of VLCC in Troy, New York. Plaintiff claims, among other things, that the defendants orchestrated a cover-up of the alleged abuse and pressured plaintiff’s parents not to pursue an investigation.
The day after plaintiff filed her Summons and Complaint, plaintiff’s attorney, Trevett Cristo, posted a “press release” on its Facebook page [that aannouncing that it was partnering with the Noaker Law Firm, LLC … and James, Vernon & Weeks, P.A. … for child sex
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