A sexual misconduct case that shocked the Catholic community has been dismissed. Retired Biloxi Bishop Joseph Howze will not have to answer any questions about whether he sexually assaulted a congregant. That allegation was filed in court by a 50 year old man last March. But in an order signed on Friday, circuit judge Lisa Dodson dismissed the lawsuit, because the alleged victim never hired an attorney. Read the court order below dismissing the case.
JOHN DOE 1 PLAINTIFF
v. CAUSE NO. A2401-08-0006
CATHOLIC DIOCESE OF BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI, BISHOP RODI, His predecessors and assigns, BISHOP HOWZE, THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH, and JACK DOES 5 through 10 DEFENDANTS
THIS CAUSE came on to be considered on Defendants Request to Dismiss and the order Court, having reviewed the file, found that Plaintiff did not accept the copy of the prior Order concerning withdrawal of counsel and dismissal and that an attempt to provide same via the Clerk would be made. By Order dated October 21, 2008 (mailed by the Circuit Court Clerk on that same day), Plaintiff was given ten (10) days to either obtain counsel or to notify the Court in writing that he intended to represent himself. There is no entry of appearance of counsel for Plaintiff, nor is there written notification of intent to proceed pro se. It is, therefore,
ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that this cause shall be dismissed without prejudice.
ORDERED this the 7th day of November, 2008
LISA P. DODSON