Priest Hit on Bid to KO Judge
By Thomas Zambito
New York Daily News
December 5, 2006
A Manhattan federal judge ripped a priest's bid to knock him off a case involving the church on the grounds that the judge is an active Catholic.
Judge Paul Crotty told the Rev. Robert Hoatson he'll be sticking around to hear Hoatson's claims that he was transferred by his New Jersey diocese after airing allegations about sexual abuse involving clergy.
"What is astonishing to the court is that such a motion would be made and pursued with no factual support," Crotty wrote.
Hoatson claims Edward Cardinal Egan conspired with the heads of archdioceses in Newark and Albany to remove him from his post at a Newark parochial school.
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