January 18, 2005

Jury Selection Begins in Shanley Case


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- Four jurors have been seated so far to hear the child rape case against Paul Shanley, a key figure in Boston's clergy sex abuse crisis. A man and a woman were the first chosen from a pool of about 80 people in Middlesex Superior Court. Two other men were chosen earlier this afternoon.
Judge Stephen Neel is asking potential jurors if they have been sexually abused; their views on homosexuality; and their feelings about the Catholic Church and the Boston Archdiocese in particular. Among the jurors selected was a man who is Catholic and does landscaping at his church.

Posted by kshaw at January 18, 2005 05:47 PM