National Catholic Reporter
Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service | Nov. 30, 2015
A Vatican trial against two Italian journalists, a Spanish monsignor and two others was postponed for one week after the court allowed one of the defendants to change lawyers.
On what was to be the criminal trial’s first day of testimonies by the defendants Monday, the Vatican court granted a request by one of the accused to have a new lawyer and receive more time to prepare for the case.
The proceedings began with the presiding judge, Giuseppe Dalla Torre, stating the request by Francesca Chaouqui, a member of the former Pontifical Commission for Reference on the Organization of the Economic-Administrative Structure of the Holy See.
Dalla Torre, along with three other Vatican judges, deliberated for 10 minutes before granting her request and announcing the trial would resume Dec. 7.
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