PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The niece of a woman who gave more than $60 million to a now-disgraced Catholic order is asking the Rhode Island Supreme Court to let her sue.
The court is due to hear arguments Tuesday in lawsuits brought by Mary Lou Dauray against the Legion of Christ, whose founder secretly molested seminarians and fathered three children.
Dauray’s aunt, Gabrielle Mee, died in 2008 and left everything she owned to the order.
A Superior Court judge ruled in 2012 that that the niece did not have standing to sue and he threw her lawsuits out. Tuesday’s hearing is for the appeal on that ruling.
Judge Michael Silverstein wrote at the time there was evidence that the Legion had exerted undue influence on the widow.