NC--Convicted predator priest appeals again; SNAP responds
For immediate release: Wednesday, June 3
McDowell County, N.C., during a Monday morning appearance in General Sessions Court, according to Greene County Circuit Court Clerk Gail Davis Jeffers.
On Monday evening, Capt. Victor Hollifield, of the McDowell County (N.C.) Sheriff's Department said by telephone from Marion, N.C.
We're sad that an admitted predator priest is rubbing salt into the wounds of his victims by making yet another desperate legal move to escape responsibility for his heinous crimes by exploiting legal technicalities.
Shame on Fr. William C. Casey for his latest hurtful, self-serving legal maneuver. We hope he fails and that this "Hail Mary" filing will prompt more people with information or suspicions about his crimes to step forward.
We call on every bishop who supervised Fr. Casey to publicly denounce this hurtful move, especially Knoxville Bishop Richard Stika.
Finally, we in SNAP call on other victims of Fr. Casey to come forward and help police and prosecutors keep this dangerous cleric locked up and away from kids.
We wish that Catholic officials who helped Fr. Casey conceal his crimes would be charged and convicted and that every single person who was hurt by Fr. Casey gets help. That might happen if those who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes by Casey or cover ups by Catholic officials will speak up.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 20,000 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)
Former Priest, Convicted Of Rape, Is Seeking 'Post-Conviction Relief'
Ken Little | Posted 1 hour ago
A new lawyer for William Casey has new strategies to get another trial for the former Roman Catholic priest.
Francis X. Santore Jr. plans to file a formal petition by Thursday in Sullivan County Criminal Court seeking post-conviction relief for Casey, who was . . .
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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