CA- Gov. Brown may appoint Catholic defense attorney to bench; SNAP objects
For immediate release: Thursday, March 27, 2014
Statement by Barbara Dorris of St. Louis, Outreach Director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 862 7688 home, 314 503 0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com)
General counsel Maria Rullo Schinderle is being considered for a possible judgeship in Orange County. We are disheartened by this potential appointment.
Schinderle has worked as the General Counsel/Human Resources Director of the Diocese of Orange since 1998 and played a crucial role in assisting the Diocese of Orange in fighting sexual abuse allegations. In addition, she aided in the cover-up of crimes, did not aid law enforcement, manipulated victims, and consistently displayed moral ambiguity when dealing with child sex crimes.
We hope Governor Brown will reconsider this appointment and nominate someone with a strong moral background. Lawyers who aid in the cover-up of sex abuse crimes do not fit the bill.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 25 years and have more than 15,000 members. Despite the word “priest” in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
Contact - David Clohessy (314-566-9790 cell, SNAPclohessy@aol.com), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688 home, 314-503-0003 cell, SNAPdorris@gmail.com), Joelle Casteix of Newport Beach (949 322 7434, email@example.com)
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
The Attorneys General of forty states have inquired about the grand jury process in Pennsylvania. Let's get statewide investigations going in fifty states.
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