California Supreme Court to USA Swimming: Stop Hiding Documents in Sex Abuse Cases

Published July 29th, 2012, Uncategorized

On Friday the California Supreme Court refused USA Swimming’s request to consider an appeal of lower court decisions affirming that the organization must comply with discovery orders to release internal documents — including coach complaint files — in sex abuse lawsuits.

In the continuing under-the-media-radar developments in a child molestation scandal that is likely much wider-reaching than Penn State’s, this court ruling is of even more importance in light of last week’s news that Rick Curl, founder of the nearly 1,000-athlete-strong Curl-Burke Swim Club, paid ex-swimmer Kelley Currin (formerly Kelly Davies) and her family $150,000 in a 1989 non-disclosure agreement to hush up Curl’s long-term and serial statutory rapes of Davies, beginning in 1983 when she was 13.

USA Swimmiing has said that it will hold an “emergency hearing” tomorrow on whether to ban Curl. His club has already changed its name and announced that he has gone on leave.

While the sports pages and networks focus on the men’s 200-meter freestyle final at the London Olympics, as well as both the men’s and women’s finals in the 100-meter backstroke, look for ConcussionInc.’s upcoming Monday post, “Evidence They Won’t Admit in USA Swimming ‘Emergency Hearing’ For Youth Coach Sex Predator Rick Curl.”

For more background, see my May 28 post, “Courts Must Toughen Sanctions Against USA Swimming’s Nose-Thumbing Tactics in Sex Abuse Litigation,” http://concussioninc.net/?p=5693.

 

Irv Muchnick