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updated: 7/30/2014 8:50 AM

Milwaukee archdiocese owes millions in legal fees

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MILWAUKEE -- Is the Archdiocese of Milwaukee too broke to pay its legal bills?

That's the question Bankruptcy Judge Susan Kelley will be asked to answer Wednesday.

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Kelley agreed more than a year ago that the archdiocese would not have to pay legal fees while its bankruptcy case was pending so it could keep enough cash on hand to cover at least one month's bills. Bankruptcy law requires the archdiocese to pay legal fees for itself and its creditors.

In this case, most creditors are victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Their attorneys say the archdiocese has more cash than anticipated, and they'd like to get paid. The lawyers say they are owed more than $2 million.

Attorneys for the archdiocese say it doesn't have the money to pay all the bills now.

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