Report: LA Cardinal Subject of Federal Probe

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating Cardinal Roger Mahony and other officials of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles over their handling of alleged clergy child molestation cases.

The Los Angeles Times, citing two unidentified law enforcement
workers familiar with the case, reports that Mahony is among those
being investigated by a federal grand jury to determine if he failed to keep children safe from predatory priests.

But Mahony's attorney, J. Michael Hennigan, told the newspaper he's been informed that the cardinal is not a target of the inquiry. In a statement, Hennigan said the archdiocese had received requests from the federal government for information about "a number of individual priests, two of whom are deceased and none of whom are known to be in ministry." He said the archdiocese is fully cooperating with the probe.

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