U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Joaquin V.E. Manibusan Jr. on Tuesday raised concerns anew on whether the federal court has jurisdiction over another batch of clergy sex abuse cases.
The cases include those filed against former Rev. David Anderson and Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron, both accused of raping and sexually abusing former altar boys.
Attorney David Lujan, counsel for former altar boys accusing Apuron and Anderson, asked for, and was granted, until to June 2 to file a position paper proving court jurisdiction.
Attorney Jacqueline Terlaje, counsel for Apuron, objected to the June 2 filing to address deficiencies, asking Manibusan to dismiss the cases for lack of jurisdiction.
Eleven clergy sex abuse cases will move forward while parties in other cases try to settle them out of court.
The 11 cases are among those the judge earlier expressed concerns over diversity jurisdiction — whether the federal court can entertain the cases because they involve citizens of different states.
They include lawsuits that accuse Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of raping and sexually abusing Agat altar boys; the former altar boys now live in Hawaii and Arizona.