Ruling means release of Legion of Christ docs

People pray during a Mass at Westminster Cathedral, in London, which is the Mother Church for Roman Catholics in England and Wales, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013.  Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The announcement sets the stage for a conclave in March to elect a new leader for the world's 1 billion Catholics.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

People pray during a Mass at Westminster Cathedral, in London, which is the Mother Church for Roman Catholics in England and Wales, Monday, Feb. 11, 2013. Pope Benedict XVI said Monday he lacks the strength to fulfill his duties and on Feb. 28 will become the first pontiff in 600 years to resign. The announcement sets the stage for a conclave in March to elect a new leader for the world's 1 billion Catholics. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Documents related to a disgraced Roman Catholic organization called the Legion of Christ could soon be available to the public after a ruling by the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

The court Thursday declined to delay the documents' release, meaning the records could be unsealed as early as Friday.

The records are from a lawsuit contesting the will of a woman who left the Legion $60 million. The Legion had argued the records should remain sealed so a future jury isn't tainted.

The Associated Press, The New York Times and other media organizations sought to unseal the documents. A Superior Court judge agreed but gave the Legion time to ask the Supreme Court to intervene.

The Vatican took over the Legion in 2010 after determining its late founder had molested seminarians.


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