p2pnet view Off Topic:- Twenty years of “perversion files” should be kept secret despite an Oregon trial judge’s order to open them, says a lawyer for the Boy Scouts of America.
Attorneys representing Corporate America agree. But not on any humanitarian grounds.
A ruling to open the files, “would leave no judicial protection of trade secrets and make companies afraid to do business in Oregon”, they say.
Multnomah County judge John Wittmayer “abused his discretion” when he said the documents should be opened, the lawyer for the scouts, Robert Aldisert, told the Oregon Supreme Court yesterday, says the Associated Press.
“The files keep track of suspected pedophiles and others who violate the Boy Scouts of America’s rules in an effort to keep them from volunteering again”, says the story.
Introduced as evidence in a recent Multnomah County lawsuit, the files were “put together by the national leadership of the Boy Scouts between 1965 and 1985″, says OPB News.
“They contain information about accusations of molestation; actual abuse; the names of victims; and steps the Boy Scouts did and didn’t take to prevent abuse”, it says.
Crime-victim advocates and abuse survivors networks “argued in a brief that the release of the files will help society recognize and prevent abuse, but it argued against the media companies’ request to include the names of the alleged victims”, states the Associated Press.
But a “trade association that represents major multinationals including Microsoft Corp. and Boeing Co. has argued in a brief that the court should rule for the Boy Scouts”. A ruling against them, “would leave no judicial protection of trade secrets and make companies afraid to do business in Oregon”.
Meanwhile, the Boy Scouts of America appealed and the files have remained sealed pending the legal review.
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