January 10, 2005

DA Won't Fight Media ID of Abuse Victims

Wichita Eagle

Associated Press

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Prosecutors said Monday they will not appeal a judge's ruling that freed the media to identify alleged victims in the child rape case against defrocked priest Paul Shanley.

District Attorney Martha Coakley said she and the alleged victim at the center of the case "agree that our time is better spent preparing for trial" on Jan. 18.

Acting on a request from prosecutors, a judge last week issued an order barring the media from identifying Shanley's accusers. Prosecutors said they feared continuing to name the alleged victims would make them unwilling to testify.

The Associated Press, the Boston Herald and The Boston Globe challenged the order, and on Friday Judge Stephen Neel overturned it, agreeing it was unconstitutional.

But Neel stayed the order until Monday afternoon to give the district attorney time to decide whether to appeal.

Posted by kshaw at January 10, 2005 05:52 PM