Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Judge bars media from disclosing names of priest's alleged victims

A judge in Boston yesterday issued an order barring the news media from disseminating the names of the alleged victims in the upcoming child rape trial of defrocked priest Paul Shanley, the Associated Press reports via the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

Superior Court Judge Charles Spurlock's order bars the publication of the names of Shanley's accusers, one of whom is expected to testify at his trial on child rape charges later this month and has spoken publicly in the past about his allegations. The AP report says that the man's name has been published repeatedly by news organizations since 2002, when he filed a civil lawsuit against Shanley and gave numerous newspaper and television interviews.

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