The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
SNAP Press Statement
For immediate release: Friday, January 22, 2010
No decision re: convicted murdering priest after hearing today
Statement by David Clohessy, national director of SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (314 566 9790)
Every time this convicted murdering priest exploits legal technicalities, it rubs salt into the wounds of those hurt by Fr. Robinson. It’s sad that Toledo’s bishop continues to keep silent about Robinson’s endless legal maneuvers. It’s never too late for current or former church employees or members to come forward with information about Robinson’s crimes. We encourage them to do so.
(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 since 1988 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)
Article published January 22, 2010
Attorneys argue over request for new Robinson hearing
Toledo Catholic priest Gerald Robinson, convicted in 2006 of murdering a nun 26 years earlier, appeared by video link from prison for a Lucas County Common Pleas Court hearing Friday morning.
Attorneys for the Lucas County Prosecutor’s Office and the defense gave oral arguments before Judge Gene Zmuda on whether an evidentiary hearing should be held for the 71-year-old priest.
At issue is whether Robinson’s attorneys failed to provide effective counsel at the 2006 trial and whether newly discovered evidence merits a new hearing.
Judge Zmuda questioned attorneys on both sides on intricate points of law as Robinson watched the proceedings from a chair at Hocking Correctional Facility in Nelsonville, Ohio.
The priest, wearing prison issue short-sleeve blue shirt, did not say anything except to acknowledge that he could hear the two-hour courtroom proceedings.
Judge Zmuda said he would take the issues under advisement and "render a decision accordingly."
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests