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The defense rests

By Diogenes (articles ) | Feb 11, 2004

Things don't look so good for Bishop O'Brien. It looks as if his defense team proved that the fatal hit-and-run accident happened very quickly, while the prosecution proved that the bishop left the scene. And that's what he's on trial for: leaving the scene.

So the only question, really, is whether the bishop knew what he was doing. On that point the defense has a stronger case.

But to keep things in perspective, it's not a capital crime to leave the scene of an accident in which someone died. Even if he's convicted, Bishop O'Brien would not be disqualified from, say, serving as senior Senator from Massachusetts.

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  • Posted by: - Feb. 14, 2004 5:05 AM ET USA

    I see that the diocese is again peddling a lie: that the $300k in defense costs has been paid by "insurance;" in this case, "Catholic Mutual Insurance." This is of course a self-insurance fund paid for by the faithful, either the same or a variation on "Ordinary Mutual," the "insurance" "funding" many of the sex abuse settlements. These guys simply cannot stop lying. About anything.

  • Posted by: John J Plick - Feb. 12, 2004 5:34 PM ET USA

    BOTH T Kennedy and this Bsihop should have been dealt with sternly within the Church FIRST. The entire structure of our Church is scandalized by this stupidity, both in the case of the layman and of the Bishop. And the cause of Martin Luther is affirmed, despite doctrinal errors.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2004 1:28 PM ET USA

    Not a capital crime, but having one's sense of morality compared without jest to Senator Chappaquiddick should give anyone of ordinary moral sensibility cause for profound penance. That is, unless one is used to rationalizing terrible behavior in the first place.

  • Posted by: - Feb. 11, 2004 12:54 PM ET USA

    Bravo ! Point well made.