May 21, 2005

Accused Green Bay priest adds insanity plea

Green Bay News-Chronicle

Associated Press
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - A priest accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy while serving as a counselor at a Catholic school in 1988 asked Friday to change his plea to include a claim that he was not mentally responsible.

The lawyer for Donald Buzanowski, 62, filed a motion for him to plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, in addition to his previous plea of not guilty. If found guilty of the charges, he then would have a second phase of his trial on his sanity at the time.

Buzanowski is charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child stemming from alleged incidents when he served as a counselor at Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic School in Green Bay.

Defense lawyer Owen Monfils has also filed a motion to bar reporters from hearings leading up to trial. He contended that information from motion hearings could prejudice potential jurors in the case.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette filed a protest to the request.

Posted by kshaw at May 21, 2005 02:13 AM