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04/22/04 - Marshall

Abuse Victims Win $37 Million Judgment

$37 million is awarded today to victims of a former Marshall minister. The jury made the announcement today involving one regional council of the Lutheran Church. The plaintiffs claimed the Dallas-based council was aware of past questionable behavior by Gerald Patrick Thomas Junior, but withheld that information from the congregation of Marshal's Good Shepherd Lutheran church. The plaintiffs' had previously settled with four other defendants, including the national Lutheran Church. Thomas, last year, was sentenced to 397 years in state prison for molesting boys.
Kevin Berns, reporting.
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