Last clergy files released in Los Angeles 8 years after deal

The Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is giving up the fight to redact names in these controversial files. | AP

LOS ANGELES (AP) – A final batch of clergy sex abuse files is being released in Los Angeles eight years after a record-setting $660 million court settlement was reached with the Roman Catholic archdiocese.

Nearly 2,400 pages from confidential records kept on 11 priests were made public Friday.

The release brings to 205 the number of clergy files that have been unsealed in Los Angeles following the 2007 deal that settled more than 500 civil claims.

Attorneys fought for years to keep the files secret even though the settlement called for their release.

The Associated Press and Los Angeles Times intervened to prevent the church from redacting key portions of the files.

The last 11 files were kept on priests who belonged to the Carmellite, Servite and Redemptorist religious orders and worked in Los Angeles

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