A defamation lawsuit filed by Jon David Couzens is now in the hands of the U.S. Court of Appeals. In this 2011 photo, Couzens stands in front of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Independence. Couzens says he and other altar boys were sexually abused by a priest at that church in the early 1980s.
A defamation lawsuit filed by Jon David Couzens is now in the hands of the U.S. Court of Appeals. In this 2011 photo, Couzens stands in front of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Independence. Couzens says he and other altar boys were sexually abused by a priest at that church in the early 1980s. File photo by Jill Toyoshiba jtoyoshiba@kcstar.com
A defamation lawsuit filed by Jon David Couzens is now in the hands of the U.S. Court of Appeals. In this 2011 photo, Couzens stands in front of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Independence. Couzens says he and other altar boys were sexually abused by a priest at that church in the early 1980s. File photo by Jill Toyoshiba jtoyoshiba@kcstar.com

Former altar boy’s defamation lawsuit now in hands of federal appellate court

November 23, 2016 2:00 PM