July 28, 2005

Colleary avoids extradition Irish judge keeps priest from facing abuse charges

East Valley Tribune

By Gary Grado, Tribune
July 28, 2005

An Irish judge denied the extradition Wednesday of a former Scottsdale priest accused of molesting an altar boy in 1978. Judge Phillip OíSullivan of Irelandís High Court based his decision not to extradite the Rev. Patrick Colleary on the age of the case and Arizonaís law that allows judges to withhold bail for accused sex offenders, according to the written judgment.

"Iím extremely disappointed," said Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas. "Itís an arrogant decision. Itís interesting because itís the second time in a week that a foreign country has made clear that it intends to dictate to us how we may bring to justice their citizens when they come here and allegedly commit crimes."

Mexico has indicated it wonít extradite Rodrigo Cervantes Zavala to face trial on charges he killed the uncle and grandparents of his children July 11 near Queen Creek, unless Arizona drops the death penalty, Thomas said.

Collearyís friend, the Rev. David Myers of Guadalupe, said he spoke with Colleary early Wednesday and he was thankful to God and everyone who helped him.

Posted by kshaw at July 28, 2005 12:13 PM