Entries by Dean Burnetti

Are Pastors Exempt?

You’d be surprised how often I’m asked, “Are ministers (rabbis, preachers, priests, chaplains, etc.) really exempt from Jury Duty?”  That’s like asking an attorney what the Statute of Limitations is for a car accident.  For example, for a personal injury sustained in an automobile accident in the state of Alabama, the Statute of Limitations is […]

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The Legal Duty of Child Abuse Reporting by Members of the Clergy

“If I suspect a child is being harmed, don’t I have a legal and moral duty to report the suspected abuse, is a question that I’m asked from time to time by various clergy members.  And does this violate the Clergy-Penitent Privilege?”  We all want to see all children safe from abuse and live by the […]