Friday, July 17, 2009

Oh no you don't!

They're trying to pull one over us again: a Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut is trying to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to hide documents and files that contain information on crimes revolving sexual abuse in the Church, claiming it would harm the already wrecked reputation of a prominent retired cardinal. Sorry, you filthy little sneak, but in America, justice comes at the price of the public image of criminals. Oily son of a bitch.

Bridgeport Diocese officials asked the state Supreme Court to continue a stay on releasing the documents while it asks the nation's highest court to review the case.

The state court has ruled that more than 12,000 pages of documents from more than 20 lawsuits against priests should be released. Those documents have been sealed from public view since the diocese settled the cases in 2001.

The records could reveal details on how retired New York Cardinal Edward Egan handled the allegations when he was Bridgeport bishop from 1988 to 2000. Egan's deposition should be in the file, according to an attorney for the newspapers seeking the documents.

In Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law resigned after church records were released detailing his role in handling sexual abuse claims.

And once again, they're relying on absurd misinterpretations of the First Amendment as a defense:

Church officials say the ruling fails to uphold the privacy and constitutional rights of all parties to lawsuits, especially when cases are sealed, and contends that disclosure of the sealed documents is barred by the religious clauses of the First Amendment.

The state Supreme Court rejected church officials' claim that the documents were subject to constitutional privileges, including religious privileges under the First Amendment.

Once again: the First Amendment protects Freedom of Speech and Expression and the press. It has nothing to do with covering up evidence and files concerning criminals and incompetent clergymen who handle standard sexual abuse cases. They have no defense at all, and rightfully so.

Makes you wonder how many documents and reports of this type these hypocritical fucktards do manage to sweep under the rug while nobody's looking.


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