CA - Grand jury indicts Stockton priest; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014
This indictment is a huge victory for Kelly's victims, who have fought for years to ensure that what happened to them never happens to another child. We salute them for their tenacity against what seemed to be huge odds.
The indictment is also the main reason that victims pursue justice in the civil courts. Civil lawsuits can be the best way to unearth evidence that can help law enforcement and grand juries.
We call on Stockton Bishop Stephen Blaire to turn over all information he has on Michael Kelly, publicly apologize to victims and Catholics for allowing Kelly to remain in ministry, and reach out to all of Stockton's Catholics, urging them to come forward if they have been abused or seen or suspected abuse. We certainly hope that his planned bankruptcy filing is not a calculated attempt to tie up evidence and hamper the criminal justice process.
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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