Fairfield University and Haiti have been linked in the news for the past few months, as alumnus Doug Perlitz ’92 was indicted on ten counts involving sexual abuse of young Haitian boys. Perlitz founded Project Pierre Toussaint, a home and school in Cap-Haitien.
Over winter break, Perlitz’s attorneys filed a motion to extend the motion dates. Originally, the defendant’s motions were due on Jan. 11, the government’s response was due on Jan 26, and the defense reply by Feb. 8.
The motion argued that progress had been hampered on account of attorney illness and telephone difficulties at the Wyatt facility where Perlitz is being held. The government indicated that they would produce another large discovery soon (which would be in addition to approximately 8,000 pages of documents already produced).
The motion also said, “There remains significant question about whether the case will be ready for trial by the current May 2010 trial date, but the parties are moving forward diligently with the pre-trial process.”
Jury selection is currently slated for April 7 while the trial is scheduled to start May 3.
For continuing coverage of the Perlitz proceedings as details unfold, visit www.fairfieldmirror.com.