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Creditors contest Milwaukee archdiocese ruling

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Creditors for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee have asked a federal judge to set aside a key ruling in the archdiocese's bankruptcy case and step down because of what they say is a conflict of interest.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph T. Randa ruled last month that more than $50 million is off-limits from creditors because the money is in a cemetery fund protected by the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom.

The archdiocese faces claims from hundreds of sexual abuse victims who have accused it of transferring predator priests to new parishes without warning church members.

Lawyers representing those victims said in documents filed Monday that Randa has a conflict of interest because at least 9 of his relatives are buried in cemeteries operated by the archdiocese.

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