A Manhattan federal judge has thrown out a Roman Catholic priest’s racketeering lawsuit against the church and sanctioned his lawyer for bringing a “scurrilous” suit.
The Reverend Robert Hoatson sued the Archdiocese of New York, Cardinal Edward Egan and a host of other Catholic organizations and leaders in 2005, alleging a conspiracy to fire him from his position as a Catholic school administrator in retaliation for publicly speaking about sexual abuse by clergy he both witnessed and experienced.
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