Start of Morning Star trial delayed - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Start of Morning Star trial delayed

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - An abuse lawsuit against Morning Star Boys' Ranch has been stayed by the state Court of Appeals until it can hear a motion to review a ruling limiting testimony in the trial Attorneys for George H. Minehart II, a former resident of the ranch who contends he was abused, appealed a state judge's decision to limit the testimony of other former residents.

Superior Court Judge Kathleen O'Connor recently ruled that only the testimony of those witnesses who had reported abuse at the time of the alleged incident were admissible because such testimony might support allegations that ranch administrators knew or should have known of sexual abuse at the Spokane home for troubled boys.

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