The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Tuesday, October 6, 2009
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear murder conviction of ex-Toledo priest; SNAP responds
Statement by David Clohessy of St. Louis, national director of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790 cell, 314 645 5915 home)
Let's hope this decision will finally bring some closure and healing in this horrific crime and cover up. This all should have been resolved years ago, and would have been, had not top Toledo Catholic officials interrupted police questioning of Robinson. The callousness and reckless of the diocesan hierarchy was responsible for keeping a murderer walking free and working in Catholic institutions for years and years.
We hope the news that Robinson will almost certainly remain locked up will free up others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to come forward now.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the nation’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We’ve been around for 21 years and have more than 9,000 members across the country. 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, 314-645-5915 home), Peter Isely (414-429-7259) Barbara Blaine (312-399-4747), Barbara Dorris (314-862-7688, 314-503-0003 cell)
U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear murder conviction of ex-Toledo priest
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal filed on behalf Roman Catholic priest Gerald Robinson, who is serving a life sentence for the 1980 murder of a nun.
The 71-year-old Robinson was convicted three years ago for the murder of Sister Margaret Ann Pahl in 1980..
Robinson, who retired in 2004 but is still a priest, is not eligible for parole until 2021.
Robinson's conviction has also been upheld by the Ohio 6th District Court of Appeals and the state Supreme Court declined to hear the case.
He is serving a sentence in the Hocking Correctional Facility and is not eligible for parole until the year 2021.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests