Democrat Press Release: Michigan Supreme Court’s Extreme Rulings Would Have Prevented Justice for Child Sex Abuse Victims if Penn State Scandal Happened Here

LANSING — As more revelations come out of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal with university officials allegedly covering up criminal acts, child victims here in Michigan would be denied justice under the current state Supreme Court.

“It’s apparent from the extreme rulings of the Michigan Supreme Court that child sex abuse victims — in a Penn State-type scenario with top officials burying evidence for many years — would have the courthouse doors blocked in Michigan,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “This Court has protected insurance companies and government bureaucracies and would continue to do so — at the expense of innocent kids sexually abused in the most horrific fashion.”

The following rulings would make it difficult for child sex victims in Michigan to receive justice:

According to the Michigan Supreme Court, government institutions would be completely immune from any legal liability in such cases (Ross v. Consumers Power, 420 Mich. 567; 363 N.W.2d 641, 1984).
It would be extremely difficult to hold individuals who knew or should have known about the abuse and covered it up responsible (LaMeau v. City of Royal Oak, 490 Mich. 949, *; 805 N.W.2d 841, 2011).
Finally, because the crimes were covered up, this Michigan Supreme Court would rule that any lawsuit was filed too late, thus rewarding the perpetrators of the cover-up (Trentadue v. Buckler, 479 Mich. 378, 2007).

“The only way to guarantee child sex abuse victims can get justice in Michigan is to defeat Justices Markman and Zahra and Colleen O’Brien in November, and elect Connie Kelley, Shelia Johnson and Bridget McCormack, who are committed to protecting our kids and our families.”

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Press Release: Michigan Democratic State Central Committee


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