January 21, 2006

Parish wins shield from protesters

Albany Times Union

By CAROL DeMARE, Staff writer
First published: Saturday, January 21, 2006

ALBANY -- A judge ordered attorney John Aretakis on Friday to stay at least 300 feet from Holy Cross parish during services and on school days, calling his conduct "aggressive and hostile."

A permanent restraining order issued by state Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. Spargo also ordered Holy Cross protesters to keep 100 feet from the church entrances at Western Avenue and Rosemont Street.

The ruling followed a hearing, begun last fall, in a case brought by Holy Cross parish to curtail demonstrations during Sunday Masses that had been ongoing since May.

"The Albany Diocese believes (Spargo's) order should ensure adults and children will be able to attend Mass and school without fear of intimidation or harassment by John Aretakis," spokesman Ken Goldfarb said.

Posted by kshaw at January 21, 2006 08:54 AM