Society of Jesus Settles Another Sexual Abuse Claim involving Father Donald O’Shaughnessy

A man who alleges he was abused by the late Jesuit priest Father Donald O’Shaughnessy has settled his sexual abuse claim. The Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus has paid $950,000 to settle the case. The victim had attended the Loyola Academy in Wilmette. Chicago trial lawyer Eugene Hollander represented the plaintiff. He also represented another victim of Father O’Shaughnessy’s abuse in a case discussed in this earlier LBN report. Hollander explains the latest claim in this report.

Eugene Hollander

Eugene Hollander

Father O’Shaughnessy was a Jesuit priest for over seventy years. He served in Chicago and several other places around the country. Hollander explains that the matter in question was a civil claim that was settled by the Society of Jesus. Hollander maintains that the Society knew or should have known of Father O’Shaughnessy’s sexual predilections before the time of the sexual abuse. While the Society has settled the claim, there is no admission of liability as part of the settlement agreement.

As to changes in Society policy, Hollander says he is not aware of any particular changes that may have been made. The Society has not objected to having Father O’Shaugnessy’s name listed on bishopaccountability.org. The site lists priests who have been accused of sexual molestation. [Note: the name was not listed on the site as of July 3, 2015.]

Hollander says that his client is relieved to have this chapter of his life closed. He wants to move on with his life.

Eugene K. Hollander is a principal in the Law Offices of Eugene K. Hollander, Chicago, Illinois. He has served as a prosecutor with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office, where he successfully prosecuted numerous individuals on the trial and appellate levels. Before opening his own office, Mr. Hollander associated himself with several aggressive litigation firms where he represented a Fortune 500 corporation in the defense of its labor claims, and successfully defended a class action contract claim at trial. He was recently selected as an Illinois Super Lawyer based on a statewide survey of practicing attorneys. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.

Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Is Exploiting Race to Get Out the Vote

LBN’s Bob Donley opines that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is not attempting to ease racial tensions in the country so much as to exploit them to boost the turnout of African-American voters in November, 2016. He explains his view of the Clinton campaign in this report.

In an earlier LBN report, Donley remarked that Democrats were using racial tensions to boost their campaigns. Not everyone agreed with him, he notes. But recently, Hillary Clinton traveled to Missouri to discuss the topic of race just four miles from where Michael Brown was shot by a police officer. And she has continued to speak about race. As the New York Times said, "Mrs. Clinton has become the presidential candidate at the forefront of [the racial] discussion."

Donley relates that he grew up in the South, in New Orleans. He says that he led and participated in several civil rights demonstrations. He adds, “I even ran away from my home as a teenager when my parents told me a black friend could not come into our house because of the color of his skin.” It was, he says, a time when Americans were working to achieve inclusion. “I do not get that same feeling today.”

Donley feels that, in today’s world, there is increasing pressure to separate people of different ethnicity, not unite us. And heightened racial tension is not a good thing. Donley asks Clinton to “start acting like a real leader.”

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New Desert Diamond Casino Is in the Rough with Arizona’s Gaming Department

LBN’s Bob Donley reports that Desert Diamond Casino in Maricopa County’s West Valley has gotten into some trouble with the Arizona Department of Gaming. Donley reports that the department will be mailing out notices on July 3 to prospective casino employees that they cannot work at the casino.

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The casino, a $200 million project, has been under construction for months. The casino sits along highway 101 and borders both Glendale and Peoria, Arizona. The project has not been popular with the State of Arizona and with local tribes other than the Tohono O’odham Nation, who would operate the casino. The Nation has been in a six-year legal battle to open the project.

The gaming department’s position, Donley says, is that the Nation committed fraud in 2002 while negotiating a gaming compact with the department. The department says the compact covers the entire valley. However, a federal judge ruled two years ago that the compact does not specifically bar the building of more casinos. That case is being appealed. The gaming department will not allow the casino to open until all legal issues have been resolved.

Meanwhile, the Tohono O’odham Nation is continuing with construction and says that the casino will be ready to open its doors by the end of the year. The Nation has asked a federal court for a temporary injunction that would permit the casino to open. The people caught in the middle are the prospective employees who face the prospect of losing their gaming licenses.

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