Cardinal Roger Mahony, who was bishop of the Stockton Diocese in the 1980s, when Michael Kelly allegedly sexually assaulted a 10-year-old altar boy, may testify in the second phase of the Kelly trial next week.
Attorney John Manly, who represents the plaintiff, now 37, in his lawsuit against Kelly and the diocese, said he thinks Mahony will be on the witness stand in Stockton next Wednesday or Thursday.
Mahony's attorney, Thomas Hennigan, said he will discuss Mahony's schedule after the cardinal returns home from a meeting in Rome on Sunday.
Mahony was bishop of the Los Angeles Archdiocese from 1985 until he retired last year.
Mahony will be asked in court about how he handled sexual abuse allegations against Kelly when he was Stockton Diocese bishop.
The jury found Kelly civilly liable of childhood sexual assault. The trial's second phase is to determine whether the diocese is also liable in handling issues involving Kelly, and to determine how much in damages the plaintiff should receive.
Court testimony was canceled on Thursday because a juror was ill. Court is scheduled to be in session at 10 a.m. today at San Joaquin County Superior Court, 222 E. Weber Ave., Department 42, fourth floor, Stockton.
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