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El Paso church youth minister facing child porn charges denied bond

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The El Paso Times reports that Joe Tapia III was recently federally indicted for sex crimes involving two El Paso youth while serving as youth pastor at San Jose Catholic Church in El Paso’s Lower Valley. Gilstrap & Associates, sexual abuse lawyers in El Paso, have recovered millions of dollars for survivors of sexual abuse […]

Gilstrap & Associates File Clergy Abuse Lawsuit In Santa Fe

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By: Tom Sharpe | Santa Fe New Mexican Posted: Monday, March 05, 2012 An unidentified Texan alleges in a lawsuit filed last week in Santa Fe that retired Christian Brother Samuel F. Martinez sexually abused him 32 years ago when Martinez was principal of a parochial school in El Paso. The Texas resident, identified only […]

El Paso Catholic Diocese to pay $1.6M in abuse suit settlement

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The El Paso Catholic Diocese will pay $1.6 million to settle a lawsuit involving allegations of sexual impropriety against a former Cathedral High School principal, a law firm announced Friday. Officials of the law firm of T.O. Gilstrap said the lawsuit alleged that Brother Samuel Martinez abused or molested numerous boys, including the two plaintiffs […]

Fourth Lawsuit Against Manuel Maramba Settled

By Daily News Report Alamogordo Daily News May 21, 2011 http://www.alamogordonews.com/ci_18108747 LAS CRUCES A man has settled a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces and St. Genevieve Parish stemming from allegations of sexual abuse by Manuel Perez Maramba, a Catholic priest who served in the Diocese of […]

Ex Las Cruces Youth Pastor Gets 30 Years for Molesting Girls

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Ex Las Cruces youth pastor gets 30 years for molesting girls Posted: 10/27/2010 12:41:49 AM MDT LAS CRUCES – A former youth pastor has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for raping and molesting three young girls he met through his family’s church between 2005 and 2007. Rico Dominic Escudero, 31, entered a plea […]

Texas Supreme Court Recognizes Right To Sue Local Council of BSA

926 S.W.2d 287 (1996) GOLDEN SPREAD COUNCIL, INC. # 562 OF THE BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA AND BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, Petitioners v. Veronica AKINS, Individually and as Next Friend of C.C., a Minor, Respondent. No. 95-0084. Supreme Court of Texas. Argued November 28, 1995. Decided July 12, 1996. 288*288 Scott Patrick Stolley, Dallas, Barry […]

El Paso Times Exposes Diocese’s Abuse Cover-up

Catholic Diocese of El Paso faces more allegations of sex abuse By Diana Washington Valdez \ El Paso Times Posted: 05/11/2010 12:00:00 AM MDT EL PASO — The El Paso Catholic Diocese is facing more lawsuits by people who claim they were sexually abused by priests in El Paso and Southern New Mexico. One law […]

Gilstrap & Associates In The Courts

Aritration agreements are becoming more prevalent as companies attempt to circumvent the legal system in favor of arbitration where awards may be less than a jury verdict. While arbitration agreements are generally enforceable, there are exceptions. In one recent case, we were able to resist a defendant’s attempt to compel arbitration of a breach of […]

Trial: abuse expert says Scouts put boys at risk

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By ABBY HAIGHT Associated Press Writer Posted: 03/24/2010 07:47:52 PM MDT PORTLAND, Ore. The Boy Scouts of America showed reckless indifference to protecting young Scouts when it kept confidential two decades worth of files on suspected molesters among its troop leaders, a psychologist testified Wednesday as part of a $14 million lawsuit against the organization. […]

Health Care Bill and Tort Reform

On Tort Reform and the Health-Care Bill: Where’d We End Up? By Ashby Jones We’ve long thought that the health-care bill teed up two fairly compelling legal issues. The first we’ve spilled many many pixels on in the last couple of days: Whether the bill (now a law) is constitutional. The second we’ve paid a […]

New York Times Q & A on sex abuse scandal

By THE NEW YORK TIMES With a sexual abuse scandal once again testing the Roman Catholic Church, this time raising questions about Pope Benedict XVI’s handling of the matter, reporters for The Times are answering readers questions about the developments. Laurie Goodstein, The Times’s national religion correspondent, and Nicholas Kulish, the paper’s Berlin bureau chief, […]

Questions loom concerning pope’s cover-up of abuse

By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press Writer Posted: 03/13/2010 06:33:56 AM MST VATICAN CITY The Vatican on Saturday denounced what it called aggressive attempts to drag Pope Benedict XVI into the spreading scandals of pedophile priests in his German homeland. It also insisted that church confidentiality doesn’t prevent bishops from reporting abuse to police. The Vatican’s […]

Gilstrap & Associates in the news

BY JOHN DORSCHNER jdorschner@MiamiHerald.com Jon Dale Jones, a nurse anesthesiologist working in a Miami area hospital, has been arrested in Miami, suspected of intentionally infecting 15 patients with potentially deadly hepatitis C at an army hospital in Texas. The federal indictment accuses Jones of assaulting six patients in 2004 and illegally acquiring a controlled substance, […]

Settlement Reached with El Paso Diocese

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Gilstrap and Associates is pleased to announce that our client and his family have settled a lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, and St. Genevieve Parish stemming from allegations of sexual abuse by a priest serving in the Diocese of El Paso in the 1970s for an […]

Statute of Limitations in Sexual Abuse Cases

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The statute of limitations is the time period by which a person must bring a lawsuit. The statute of limitations is a matter of state law and varies from state to state. Because victims of childhood sexual abuse rarely come forward immediately due to factors such as shame, fear and intimidation, we are often asked […]

Pope Condemns Child Abuse

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Pope Benedict XVI publicly condemned child abuse by priests in a public announcement on Monday, saying the conduct is “behavior that the church hasn’t, and won’t ever stop condemning.” This public mea culpa is in direct contravention of the church’s practice of using all means available to cover-up the sexual abuse by its priests. Case […]

Illinois Strikes Down Medical Malpractice Caps

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The Supreme Court of Illinois, on Thursday, Febraury 4, 2010, declared the Illinois statute that limited compensation for pain, suffering and economic damages in medical malpractice actions unconstitutional. According to the court, the cap on damages violated the Illinois Constitution’s provision requiring separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches of government. Texas’s statutory […]

Win for Gilstrap & Associates at the New Mexico Court of Appeals

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Our firm, with the invaluable assistance of New Mexico appellate lawyer Jane Yohalem, secured a victory for our client in the New Mexico Court of Appeals regarding a supersedeas bond issue. A trial judge required our client to post a $100,000 bond pending an appeal. We were able to convince the court of appeals to […]

Gilstrap and Associates in the news

By Ramon Bracamontes El Paso Times May 4, 2009 http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_12293420?source=most_emailed EL PASO – A visiting state judge on Monday reinstated a civil lawsuit in which a “John Doe” claimed that he was molested by a Catholic priest in the 1960s. The suit against the Catholic Diocese of El Paso had been dismissed in March by […]

Gilstrap and Associates in the news

By Ramon Bracamontes El Paso Times May 4, 2009 http://www.elpasotimes.com/ci_12293420?source=most_emailed EL PASO – A visiting state judge on Monday reinstated a civil lawsuit in which a “John Doe” claimed that he was molested by a Catholic priest in the 1960s. The suit against the Catholic Diocese of El Paso had been dismissed in March by […]

Gilstrap & Associates File Lawsuit Against El Paso Catholic Diocese

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The Gilstrap & Associates Law Firm has filed a case against the Catholic Diocese of El Paso and others stemming from the alleged abuse of an alter boy at a church in Las Cruces which occured in the 1970s. The lawyers at Gilstrap & Associates have handled several cases and claims against the El Paso […]