Is apparently too good an opportunity to worry about either the defamation of the falsely accused named in the files or the disincentive now created for youth organizations to continue trying to track and exclude pedophiles from their organizations.
It will be interesting to see how this affects the Church’s practice of tracking pedophiles for exclusion from youth callings.
It will also be interesting to see how this court-ordered defamation of every falsely accused person in the BSA files plays out in society and in the courts.
And by “interesting” I mean in a “gee, look what the Death Star can do” kind of way. No sane court should ever have opened this can of worms.
Some may suggest I am not empathetic enough with the real victims of abuse by Scoutmasters. Let us say rather that they are not empathetic enough with the real victims of false accusations of abuse or with future victims of abuse that might have been deterred if youth organizations weren’t afraid to keep confidential files on potential abusers.