Thursday, April 20, 2006

Priest's deposition to be taken in New Mexico

Philip Bucher, the former Branson priest at the center of a sexual harassment lawsuit, will be questioned by lawyers for his accuser Friday, April 28, in Albuquerque, N. M., according to documents filed today in U. S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri.
Also scheduled to be deposed is a woman named Carol Giannini, whose name has been linked with Bucher in news accounts. Initially, the deposition had been scheduled for this week in Springfield, but Bucher's attorneys asked to the New Mexico deposition since that is where he lives since he retired from his position in Branson.
Glenna McKitterick is suing Bucher for sexual harassment, claiming she was fired from her job with the church after she refused to submit to Bucher's sexual advances. She is suing Bucher, the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese, Bishop John J. Liebrecht, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and Our Lady of the Ozarks Catholic Church.

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