Prosecutor wants new charge against Bishop Finn, diocese
Jackson County prosecutors want to add additional misdemeanor criminal charges against Bishop Robert Finn and the diocese he serves.
The charge, failure to report suspicions of child abuse, is the same as the bishop and diocese already face for their alleged mismanagement of a priest now facing state and federal child pornography charges.
Prosecutors also have asked a judge to approve a massive request for records from the diocese’s so-called “secret archive” detailing the diocese’s responses to child abuse allegations both before and after Finn began serving in Kansas City in May 2004.
Lawyer Gerald Handley, who represents Finn, said Monday that the bishop’s attorneys were pondering how to respond to the new filings, which prosecutors put into the record on Friday afternoon.
“We understood they were contemplating filing additional charges,” Handley said. “We will review the filings that have been made and determine the appr...
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50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
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- 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.
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