February 07, 2005

Juror's Request to Read Accuser's Diary


CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- The jury in the sex-abuse trial of defrocked priest Paul Shanley has asked the judge if they can review the alleged victim's diary. The trial began two weeks ago in Middlesex Superior Court in Cambridge. Jurors began deliberating Thursday.
Judge Stephen Neel said the jury could only look at transcripts from the diary that were read into the record during the trial, but not the entire diary. Shanley was one of the most notorious figures in the clergy sexual abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church. He is accused of molesting a boy at a Newton parish in the 1980s.

Posted by kshaw at February 7, 2005 03:30 PM