The Radio Equalizer: Brian Maloney

15 February 2005

MA: Who Worries About Paul Shanley?

I would love to see these "inmate advocates" have a fraction of the concern for crime victims that they've shown for scum like defrocked former priest/ child predator Paul Shanley:

(Boston Herald)

BOSTON - As defrocked priest Paul Shanley faces sentencing on child rape charges, inmate advocates are worried that sending him to prison could amount to a death sentence for a man who was at the center of the Boston Archdiocese clergy sex abuse scandal.

After all, it was another key figure in the scandal - former priest John Geoghan - who was strangled and beaten to death in prison in 2003, a year after he was convicted of molesting a 10-year-old boy. A fellow inmate later told investigators he killed Geoghan ``to save the children.''

Now, some are worried that Shanley could be the next mark for an inmate either angry about the scandal or the nature of the allegations.

``He's so high-profile that that puts a big target on his back,'' said James Pingeon, an attorney at Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services, a group that provides civil legal services to inmates. ``We feel concerned. Obviously he's a vulnerable person because of his notoriety and his age.''

Paul Shanley, vulnerable? Maybe that's the best sign yet there's justice in this world. No doubt his many victims feel that way to this day.

UPDATE 11.36: Shanley sentenced to 12-15 years by Mass. judge. He will likely die in prison where he belongs.


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