A local Mormon man filed a suit on Monday, November 16, seeking $5 million in emotional and psychological damages from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The case claims the man was sexually abused by a Woodburn Mormon temple organist during his teen years in the late 1970s, and that his bishop did not inform law enforcement about the abuse when it was discovered. "If law enforcement is involved, the kid gets counseling," says case lawyer Kelly Clark. "He has really, really struggled. The emotion and the sadness just ooze out of him." The suit is part of a three-city, five-victim case against the Mormon Church, alleging similar abuse and cover-ups occurred in Seattle and San Francisco. Church attorney Steve English says the Mormon Church "absolutely condemns child abuse" and "sympathizes with the victims of whatever happened." SARAH MIRK


Attorney General John Kroger has finally hired two environmental prosecutors to lead his plan to pursue criminal charges against companies that harm the state's environment ["Kroger vs. the Willamette," News, Oct 8]. Stephanie Parent and Patrick Flanagan, former environmental attorneys with the federal government and US National Park Service, respectively, will lead the Department of Justice's new Environmental Crimes Unit. Flanagan previously worked as a wildland firefighter, before taking the bar in 2004, while Parent managed the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center at Lewis & Clark Law School from 1999 to 2007. MATT DAVIS