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N.Y. Times, AP Turn to Lytton for Expertise on Clergy Abuse Trial

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Professor Timothy Lytton was interviewed for The New York Times coverage of a landmark clergy abuse related trial in Philadelphia. The senior religious official on trial is accused of protecting priests who had abused children.

“What has not happened up to now is for church officials to be held criminally accountable,” Professor Lytton said in the article, titled "Supervising Priest Goes on Trial in Abuse Case" and published March 26, 2012.

Professor Lytton, who wrote the book Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuits Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse, went on in the article to say that the trial “will dramatically increase the pressure on diocese officials to fulfill the church’s promises to be more transparent and accountable.”

He was also interviewed for the Associated Press article "Pa. trial shows church abuse allegations strategy."

On March 28, just after the publication of his interview with The New York Times, Professor Lytton will travel to Yale University, where he earned his law and undergraduate degrees, to present from his forthcoming book, Can You Believe It’s Kosher? Trust, Reputation, and Non-Governmental Regulation in the Age of Industrial Food, as part of the Yale Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity's seminar series.

Can You Believe It’s Kosher? is scheduled for publication in spring 2013. Professor Lytton, who joined the Albany Law faculty in 2000 and is the Albert and Angela Farone Distinguished Professor of Law, has focused much of his recent scholarship and research on food label regulation versus free speech; self regulation of labeling by the food industry; and government regulation of food labels.