TN - Priest seeks to have conviction overturned, SNAP responds
A priest convicted of sex crimes in 2011 is seeking to have his conviction overturned. We are unsure of on what grounds Fr. William Casey is using to try to get his conviction on charges of aggravated rape overturned. Whatever it is, we hope that his appeal is tossed out.
Fr. Casey himself admitted that the accusation was credible (http://www.bishop-accountability.org/news2010/03_04/2010_04_15_Jones_FrBill.htm) and did not protest when he was forced to retire from the Diocese of Knoxville. The fact that he is now trying to get his conviction tossed out is simply legal maneuvering and attempts to exploit legal technicalities.
Tossing out this conviction would not only cause more pain to the victim who bravely stood up and brought these charges, but would undermine the legal system itself by allowing the guilty to get away. We hope that this conviction will be upheld and this painful chapter will be closed.
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.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.