May 11, 2005

Concerns over Arizona jail system hampering extradition


MESA, Ariz. -- Maricopa County authorities are trying to find another jail to house a suspected pedophile priest if he's returned to Arizona from Ireland to stand trial.

The Irish government says it's concerned that the Rev. Patrick Colleary, former associate pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Scottsdale, would be mistreated in a county jail.

An Irish judge was going to decide April 22 whether Colleary was to be returned to Arizona. But the proceedings were stopped after news articles about inmates at the Maricopa County jail appeared in a London newspaper.

On April 15, county Sheriff Joe Arpaio had 700 inmates move from old jails to new ones, clad only in pink underwear and flip-flops.

Posted by kshaw at May 11, 2005 08:38 AM