Portland Judge Rules Against Boy Scouts

By Jim McCoy Wed 5th September NewsBoy Scouts

An Oregon judge has denied a request from the Boy Scouts of America to order extensive redactions of 20 years of so-called "perversion" files before they are made public. But Multnomah County Judge John Wittmayer did order less extensive redactions.

Wittmayer's ruling stretches back to a landmark lawsuit in Portland against the Boy Scouts.  The Scouts lost the lawsuit in April 2010 but fought against the release of files on 1,200 alleged molesters.

The Oregon Supreme Court in June ruled the documents are public records and could be released with the redaction of victims' names. The Boy Scouts then filed a motion for the removal of other names, including parents and volunteers.

Wittmayer on Wednesday turned down that request. But he did order the removal of addresses of abuse victims.

​Associated Press

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