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In Bernardin ......... case, panel i faults lawyer, CNN CHICAGO (CNS) -- Most ..... ...... .... panelists in a seminar analyz- ing the sensational sexual abuse allegations filed last year against Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago faulted the accuser's lawyer and the news coverage by Cable News Network. Most panelists said Chicago and Cincinnati media treated the story fairly, but some criti- cized the media for overplaying it. Steven J. Cook made the al- legations in a lawsuit in Cincinnati last November. In February he renounced all his claims against the cardinal, saying the recovercd memories on which the allegations were based were unreliable. The seminar, held May 24 at Northwestern University's law school, focused on the responsi- bilities of the legal and news professions in dealing with the allegations. Lawyers, journal- ists and others -- including CNN reporters and Cook's at- torney, Stephen Rubino -- formed the panels debating their roles. Thomas Scorza, former as- sistant U.S. attorney in Chicago, said Rubino never had enough evidence to allege in a lawsuit that the cardinal abused Cook. "There was no time he had any evidence that could be put in a courtroom that could be reasonably sufficient," Scorza said. "This was a frivolous law- suit. It could not be won by any rational judgment of the pre- ponderance of evidence." Scorza said Rubino could have been subject to disci- plinary action, but "lawyers do a worse job of supervising themselves than churchmen." Other panelists criticized Rubino for exploiting the media to publicize his lawsuit. John Callaway, host of WTTW- TV's "Chicago Tonight," who moderated one panel, asked if Rubino had used the Cook case as a "loss leader"  a case he took on for the publicity and additional business it could garner even though he ex- pected to lose it. Rubino, who spoke before his critics did, said he found Cook "extraordinarily" believable when he first interviewed him. He also cited as evidence a book which Cook said was a gift from the cardinal. "I felt it (the case) was well- grounded in fact," he said. He said the fact that Cook is dying of AIDS as a factor in fil- ing suit quickly. Cook's claim of a recovered memory of abuse by the cardi- nal surfaced while Rubino was preparing a lawsuit for him against a priest of the Cincin- nati Archdiocese. The memory surfaced after Cook underwent hypnosis with a counselor who was not professionally quali- fied as a hypnotist. Until then the cardinal, who in the 1970s was archbishop of Cincinnati, was being named in the suit only as the priest's superior. John O'Malley, Chicago archdiocesan director of legal services, called Rubino's han- dling of the casea "horrible tragedy." . 97% OF OUR CUSTOMERS SAID WOULD RECOMM 97% of our customers who bought from us last year said they would recommend us to a friend, so we thought we would return the favor Now through June 4th we're going to make our best Springtime Deals, then we're going to give you Four FREE Passes to Holiday World and Splashln' Safari or a FREE Smokeless Grill with any New Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Geo, Chevy Truck or Toyota Like we said, when someone takes the time to recommend a business, there must be something worth trying. That's why we have special financing and leasing terms available right in our showroom. Anyone sending a friend that buys will also receive a Smokeless Grill. Dual Air Bags, Anti-Lock Brakes, Air, Rear Defog- ger, Tilt Wheel, Pulse Wiper, Aluminum Wheels, Cruise, Floor Mats, AM/FM Stereo/Cassette, Full Power Air Bag, Anti-Lock Brakes, Air, Rear Defogger, AM/FM Stereo/Cassette, Tilt Wheel, Pulse Wip- er, Aluminum Wheels, V-6 Engine, Full Power Auto., Air Bag, Anti-Lock Brakes, Air, ger, Programmable Auto Power Stereo, Tilt Wheel, Pulse wiper, Auto., Rear Defogger, Air, Air Bag, Intermittent Wipers, Root Mats, Red, Stk. #A18819 Auto., Styled Wheels, AM/FM Stereo/Cassette, Intermittent Wipers, Air Bag, Power Windows, Power Locks, Stk. #A18645 Air, T-Tops, Cruise, Stk. #A19003 4 Door, 3.1 V-6, Rear Defogger, AM/FM Cas- sette, Power Windows, Power Locks, Power Trunk, Stk. #A18810 3 Door, Air, Auto., Roor Mats, Stk. #A18887 Intermittent Wipers, Air, Auto., power Floor Mats, Stk. #A18879 4 Door, Auto., Value Package, Air, Power Steer- ing, Cassette, Floor Mats, Stk. #TCl139 4 Door., Air, Power Steering, Cassette, Dual Air Bags, Tinted Glass, Rear Defogger, Stk. #TCl185 Auto., Stereo, Rally Wheels, Stk. V-6, Deep Tint, Air, Aluminum Wheels, Defogger, Tutone, Tahoe, Stereo, Cassette, White Letter Tires, Stk. #37090 V-6, Auto., Cassette, Power Windows, Power Locks, Tilt, Cruise, 8 Passenger, Air, Deep Tint, Stk. #37016 |: I; *' 12 In Stock, HI-Tops, Low Tops, i! SAVE! SAVE!