January 06, 2005

News organizations challenge judge's ruling against using name of alleged victim in priest case


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. The criminal case in Massachusetts against defrocked priest Paul Shanley may collapse because an alleged sexual abuse victim does not want to be publicly identified during the trial.

The person has been identified in the past and given interviews to the media.

The Associated Press and two Boston newspapers are challenging a judge's order that forbids identifying victims, claiming it violates the First Amendment. The judge is considering the challenge.

Posted by kshaw at January 6, 2005 04:16 PM