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Harrison's lawyer accuses Catholic bishop of threats

Bakersfield attorney Kyle J. Humphrey said he will present evidence at a Wednesday morning news conference suggesting Bishop Joseph Brennan of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno threatened retaliation and punishment unless Monsignor Craig Harrison drops a defamation lawsuit centering on sexual misconduct allegations.

Humphrey issued a news release Tuesday saying Brennan threatened to initiate a formal process under Canon law, the Catholic church's ancient legal system, unless Harrison dropped his suit.