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I just found this report. I am heartbroken. What a huge disappointment to the plaintiffs.
I took some notes from the video:
Greta Kreuz reported that Judge Sharon Burrell “pretty much dismissed the entire lawsuit. They did not sue in time.”
“The judge agreed, though, with the attorneys representing the churches and Sovereign Grace Ministries, that the victims had to sue within 3 years of turning age 18 and that deadline expired years ago,” reported Greta Kreuz.
“It was just based on technicalities – it wasn’t based on the merit of whether or not it actually happened,” said Plaintiff Renee Palmer Gamby.
My hearts ache for those victims who have been waiting for this day hoping to get justice. This is why we MUST get something done about removing statute of limitations in our country. When a crime is committed, it doesn’t make sense to put the responsibility on a victim whose life is emotionally, spiritually, and physically shattered by abuse. I am sickened by this ruling.
There is still the possibility of moving forward with two plaintiffs who just turned 18 (and met the Statute of Limitations deadline), but who live in Virginia. Those details need to be worked out since the lawsuit is in Maryland. I do not think this case is over . . . . by a long shot.
I don’t get it, but I have to cling to verses like this, though, because surely God is a God of justice. We are not guaranteed justice on this earth for wrongdoings. But we do know that God does not look kindly on these kinds of sins:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed,you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11
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5/18/13 Note: I changed the wording on the paragraph regarding the 2 plaintiffs who were not dismissed for better clarity.