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Lawyer In Oregon Sex Abuse Cases, Kelly Clark, Dies

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland lawyer Kelly Clark, who won a landmark court decision forcing the Boy Scouts of America to release its “perversion files” on suspected child molesters in the organization, has died at 56.

Press conference by attorneys Paul Mones and Kelly Clark.

Press conference by attorneys Paul Mones and Kelly Clark.

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His co-counsel in the Boy Scouts case, Paul Mones, said Clark died Tuesday of cancer-related causes at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Clark represented the victims of child molestation in suits against the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America.

In 2012, a suit he brought forced the Boy Scouts to release more than 1,200 files it kept on suspected abusers.

Two years before, he represented an Oregon man abused as a Boy Scout in Portland in the early 1980s and won an award of nearly $20 million.

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