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Walter 'Robby' Robinson: [from trailer] Guys, listen. Everybody's gonna be interested in this.

Walter 'Robby' Robinson: [from trailer] I wanna keep digging.

Walter 'Robby' Robinson: We got two stories here: a story about degenerate clergy, and a story about a bunch of lawyers turning child abuse into a cottage industry. Which story do you want us to write? Because we're writing one of them.

Walter 'Robby' Robinson: You know thirteen priests in Boston who have molested children?

Phil Saviano: Yeah! Why do you keep repeating everything I say?

Walter 'Robby' Robinson: [quieter than before] I just like to clarify things.

Phil Saviano: Maybe you should have clarified it five years ago when I sent you all of this stuff! It's all... right here!

[silence, Phil composes himself]

Phil Saviano: May I use your bathroom?

[pause]

Matt Carroll: Yeah, sure, Phil.

Marty Baron: Did everyone read Eileen McNamara's column this weekend?

Boston Globe Worker: That's the Geoghan case?

Marty Baron: Yeah, what's the follow on that?

Ben Bradlee Jr.: It-It's a column, what kind of follow are you thinking?

Marty Baron: Uh... well apparently this priest molested kids in 6 different parishes over the last 30 years and the attorney for the victims, a Mr...

Eileen McNamara: Garabedian

Marty Baron: Thanks Eileen, Mr Garabedian says Cardinal Law found out about it 15 years ago and did nothing.

Paul Burke: Yeah, I think that attorney is a bit of a crank, and The Church dismissed the claim.

Eileen McNamara: He-said she-said.

Marty Baron: Whether Mr Garabedian is a 'crank' or not, he says he has documents that prove that Cardinal knew.

Ben Bradlee Jr.: As I understand that those documents are under seal.

Marty Baron: Okay, but the fact remains a Boston priest abused 80 kids, we have a lawyer who says he can prove Law knew about it and we've written all of... uh... 2 stories in the last 6 months. This strikes me as an essential story to a local paper, I think the very least we have to go through those documents.

Paul Burke: How would you like to do that?

Marty Baron: Oh uh, I don't know what the laws are here, but in Florida we would go to court.

Ben Bradlee Jr.: You wanna sue the Church?

Marty Baron: Technically we wouldn't sue the Church, we'd file a motion to lift the seal on the documents.

Ben Bradlee Jr.: The Church will read that as us suing them. So will everybody else.

Marty Baron: Good to know.

Marty Baron: Sometimes it's easy to forget that we spend most of our time stumbling around the dark. Suddenly, a light gets turned on and there's a fair share of blame to go around. I can't speak to what happened before I arrived, but all of you have done some very good reporting here. Reporting that I believe is going to have an immediate and considerable impact on our readers. For me, this kind of story is why we do this.

Marty Baron: We need to focus on the institution, not the individual priests. Practice and policy; show me the church manipulated the system so that these guys wouldn't have to face charges, show me they put those same priests back into parishes time and time again. Show me this was systemic, that it came from the top, down.

Ben Bradlee Jr.: Sounds like we're going after Law.

Marty Baron: We're going after the system.

Eric Macleish: Most of these folks, they just want some acknowledgement... of what happened. We got them a sit down with the Bishop and... a little dough, and that's the best they can hope for.

Walter 'Robby' Robinson: Well, certainly, the best that priest could hope for.

Eric Macleish: [from trailer] Are you threatening me?

Mitchell Garabedian: I already talked to the Phoenix.

Mike Rezendes: Yeah, there's a reason I didn't see it. Nobody reads a Phoenix anymore... they're broke, they don't have any power. The Globe does. If we cover the story, everybody will hear about it.

Mitchell Garabedian: The Church thinks in centuries, Mr. Rezendes. Do you think your paper has resources to take that on?

Mike Rezendes: Yeah, I do. But if you don't mind me asking... Do you?