Priest in Boston Clergy Scandal Denied New Trial

Associated Press, carried in Boston Globe
November 26, 2008

WOBURN—A court has rejected a new trial for a defrocked priest who was one of the central figures in Boston's clergy sex abuse scandal.

Paul Shanley is currently serving a 12- to 15-year prison sentence after being convicted in 2005 of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at a Newton parish in the 1980s.

In his bid for a new trial, Shanley argued that his trial lawyer did not properly challenge the theory of repressed memory. The victim testified he did not remember the sexual abuse until 2002, when memories came rushing back amid media coverage of the scandal.

But Judge Stephen Neel, who presided at Shanley's trial and heard his motion for a new trial, on Wednesday rejected that argument.


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