MO - Supreme Court rejects SNAP's bid to stop KC discovery
The Missouri Supreme Court has denied our writ seeking to stop the intrusive and intimidating legal maneuvers by Kansas City Catholic officials who want 24 years of communications between our support group and victims, witnesses, whistleblowers, police, prosecutors, journalists and others who seek our help.
We're disappointed but we know that very few writs are granted. We'll continue to do everything possible to protect the privacy and safety of victims, witnesses, whistleblowers, police, prosecutors, journalists and others who seek our help. We're in unchartered waters for us and we're taking it a step at a time.
We're especially disappointed because our position is supported by two dozen children's and crime organizations, four ex-prosecutors and two current prosecutors. If Kansas City Catholic officials prevail, those who work at or are served by rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other non-profit agencies will be severely hurt.
Here's what the court said today:
SC92716 State ex rel. David Clohessy, in his capacity as Director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, Relator, vs. The Honorable Ann J. Mesle, Respondent.
Petition for writ of prohibition denied.
To see the ruling:
1. Go to https://www.courts.mo.gov/casenet/base/welcome.do
2. Click Case Number Search
3. Type in SC92716
4. When the page loads, click the link on the left (It should be SC92716 linked)
5. Click docket entries, and it’s at the top.
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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.