Supreme Court Delays Hearing on Priest Abuse

By Peter Smith
The Courier-Journal [Frankfort KY]
November 15, 2006

Frankfort, Ky. — The state Supreme Court has postponed, until Feb. 14, oral arguments in an appeal by a former Catholic priest convicted of abusing two boys in Bullitt County.

Chief Justice Joseph Lambert canceled oral arguments in all cases scheduled for November, including that of Daniel C. Clark, whose hearing was slated for Tuesday morning.

Clark's attorney, David Lambertus, said his client — who has served three years of a 10-year sentence for molesting two Bullitt County boys — deserves a new trial because a judge allowed testimony that he should have excluded and excluded evidence that he should have allowed.

Lambertus also argues that Bullitt Circuit Judge Thomas Waller failed to instruct the jury correctly.

Clark, 58, who was removed from the priesthood in 2004, was one of the clerics at the center of the Archdiocese of Louisville's sexual-abuse scandal.

He was accused in 19 lawsuits against the archdiocese — including one filed by the Bullitt County boys' mother on their behalf. The archdiocese eventually settled all the cases.

Clark's appeal centers on his 2003 conviction on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse for molesting two boys between 1999 — when one was 8 years old and the other 9 — and 2002.

Clark is the only local priest convicted of abuse to pursue an appeal.



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