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Developments in clergy malpractice: the case of Sanders v. Casa View Baptist Church.
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PMID:  10212034     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The courts have so far consistently refused to view misconduct by clergy counselors as constituting clergy malpractice. However, they have increasingly come to view it as a breach of fiduciary duty. More recently, they have also begun to differentiate between the secular and religious aspects of clergy counselors' work. The case discussed in this article (Sanders v. Casa View Baptist Church) provides an instructive example from the United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, in 1998. The court upheld a district court finding, based on a review of trial testimony, that the defendant's counseling work as a whole (and not merely his sexual misconduct itself) was essentially secular in nature. Thus the plaintiff recovered punitive damages for both breach of fiduciary duty and marriage counseling malpractice.
J L Young; E E Griffith
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Legal Cases    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1093-6793     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry Law     Publication Date:  1999  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-06-08     Completed Date:  1999-06-08     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9708963     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  143-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Whiting Forensic Division of Connecticut Valley Hospital, Middletown, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Clergy / legislation & jurisprudence*
Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*
Pastoral Care / legislation & jurisprudence*
Sex Offenses / legislation & jurisprudence
United States

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