January 15, 2006

Druce showing restraint in court -- even while pleading insanity


WORCESTER (AP) -- There's no question that Joseph Druce, a convicted murderer, killed a celebrated cellmate: defrocked priest John Geoghan.

He's admitted it but says he did it to "save the children" and prevent Geoghan, one of the leading figures in the clergy sex abuse scandal that engulfed the Boston Archdiocese, from harming children in the future.

He contends he's not guilty of the crime by reason of insanity.

Yet for someone with that defense, he's shown remarkable restraint while jurors -- the people deciding his fate -- are in the courtroom.

Instead, Druce has made it clear in his trial, which began last week, that he sees the courtroom drama, at least in part, as a forum for him to speak about his case and the abuse scandal that has rocked the Roman Catholic church.

Druce has frequently shouted out his views to reporters as he is led out of the courtroom during trial recesses.

Posted by kshaw at January 15, 2006 12:42 PM