January 31, 2005

1 Of 3 Charges Against Shanley Thrown Out


POSTED: 5:25 pm EST January 31, 2005
UPDATED: 6:02 pm EST January 31, 2005

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The state has rested its case in the child rape trial of defrocked priest Paul Shanley. Earlier Monday, an expert in so-called "repressed memory" took the stand.

Testifying for the prosecution, psychiatrist James Chu said it was unusual but not rare for adults who were traumatized as children to repress memories of that trauma.

Under cross-examination, however, Chu acknowledged there is intense debate in the psychiatric community about repressed memory.

After prosecutors called their final witness, Judge Stephen Neel threw out one of the three child rape charges.

Posted by kshaw at January 31, 2005 05:47 PM