Legal cases are cases of recovered memory which were examined through the legal system. Some of these cases are criminal cases, in which recovered memories were used as evidence in a trial in which a state or federal government charges a defendant with a crime, or when recovered memories led to the re/opening of a criminal investigation. Other cases are civil cases, in which recovered memories play a role in one citizen suing another (or an institution or estate), usually seeking compensation for damages and recognition of harm.
Illinois v. Rev. Fred Lenczycki----
Illinois v. Rev. Fred Lenczycki was a 2004 criminal case from DePage county IIllinois in which Lenczycki pled guilty to three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in connection with his abuse of three boys while he was a priest in Hinsdale between 1980 and 1984.
John M. Vai v. Francis DeLuca and St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Parish
John M. Vai v. Francis DeLuca and St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic Parish was a 2010 civil case in which a Dover, Delaware jury found St. Elizabeth Roman Catholic parish grossly negligent in its failure to properly supervise then-priest Francis DeLuca and responsible for $3 million of $30 million in damages awarded to John M. Vai, who was repeatedly molested as a teenager in the 1960s.
Lt. Commander Kenneth Whitwell v. Rev. Edward J. Smith
Lt. Commander Kenneth Whitwell v. Rev. Edward J. Smith was a 2007 civil case from 2007 in which Whitwell sued Rev. Edward J. Smith and Archmere Academy, the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, and Rev. Michael A. Saltarelli in response to recoverd memories of abuse that occured during his schooling at Archmere.
VanVeldhuizen v. Netherlands Reformed Church of Rock Valley
VanVeldhuizen v. Netherlands Reformed Church of Rock Valley was a 1997 civil case from Iowa in which Peter VanVeldhuizen sued on account of recovered memories of childhood sexual abuse perpetrated from 1966 to 1968 by Reverend J. Van Zweden of the Netherlands Reformed Congregation Church.
Virginia v. Rogers
Virginia v. Rogers was a 2001 case from Fairfax County, Virginia in which James A. Rogers was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to pay $20,000 in damages after admitting to sexually assaulting three girls in 1964, two of whom recovered memories of the abuse 35 years later.