Joe Hayden, partner at Pashman Stein Walder Hayden, was quoted in the Courier Post article, “Lawsuit accuses Brooklyn bishop of sex abuse in Jersey City decades ago.” The article discusses a lawsuit brought by Samier Tadros, one of two men who have accused Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of sexually abusing them as children.
“ The bishop has in the past denied the allegations by both men. On Monday, his attorney, Joseph Hayden, issued a statement saying DiMarzio had passed a lie detector test.
‘The allegations in the lawsuit against Bishop DiMarzio never happened,’ Hayden said in the statement.
He said DiMarzio agreed to take a lie detector test after a letter alleging abuse was sent to the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark in March 2020. That letter had been sent by Tadros and his attorney. The bishop's ‘categorical denial of the claim was found to be truthful by an independent retired law-enforcement polygrapher of national stature,’ Hayden said in the statement.
The statement addressed only the allegation in the lawsuit. Hayden said in a subsequent email that DiMarzio was also asked during the lie detector test about allegations made by the other accuser. ‘He categorically denied both allegations and he was found to be truthful as to both answers,’ Hayden said.
Hayden said in his statement that a ‘canonical investigation’ had been conducted by an independent law firm that used investigative services of ‘ law-enforcement officials under the direction of a former FBI director.’ He said that the bishop met with investigators and that the results of the investigation had been sent to Rome.
‘We are currently awaiting the findings,’ he said.”
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