TN--Admitted predator priest loses again
For immediate release: Thursday, June 25
We’re glad that an increasingly desperate and manipulative predator priest has lost in court again. We hope his relentless legal maneuvers will prod others who saw, suspected or suffered his crimes to step forward, help prosecutors, protect kids and start healing.
We're sad that an admitted predator priest, Fr. William Casey, 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. Casey for his latest hurtful, self-serving legal maneuver. We hope he fails with every one of his seemingly endless "Hail Mary" filings and that they 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)
Judge denies request of former priest convicted of rape
By Allie Hinds - Published: June 25, 2015, 4:17 pm
SULLIVAN COUNTY, TN- A Sullivan County judge denied the request to remove himself from the case of a former Tri-Cities priest convicted of rape.
William Casey’s new attorney Frank Santore, Jr. has filed a request for a new trial.
Thursday, Santore made a motion for Judge James Goodwin to recuse, or remove, himself from the case. He claims Goodwind . . . .
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.
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