Michigan AG Dana Nessel provided a press release update on two cases in the ongoing clergy abuse investigation today:
Former priest Gary Berthiaume’s request to “go back home to Illinois” was denied at his probable cause hearing last week. Go back home, padre? Do you think Ted Lamborgine got to “go back home” to Ohio or Richard Lawson got to “go back home” to California while they were awaiting trial on similar charges? You must really be used to the liturgical special treatment. Judges are not bishops. And these days, even in Oakland County, bishops don’t have much sway with prosecutors or the judiciary.
AG Nessel stated: “MY OFFICE REMAINS COMMITTED TO CAREFULLY REVIEWING ALL CREDIBLE ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE ON BEHALF OF ALL VICTIMS WHO COME FORWARD TO TELL THEIR STORY.”
Too bad your homies at the MSP and the OCS office don’t take the same approach.