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Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 7:05 am, Wed Apr 11, 2012.

Opening statements on the second phase of the Michael Kelly clergy abuse trial will be held at 10 a.m. today, and the first witness will testify this afternoon.

A jury ruled last Friday that Kelly is liable of sexually assaulting a former Stockton altar boy in the 1980s. The second phase will explore whether the Stockton Diocese is liable for its handling of complaints against Kelly regarding the former altar boy, now 37.

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  • Ben Sanacore posted at 6:46 pm on Wed, Apr 11, 2012.

    Ben Sanacore Posts: 106

    Ms. Clark, the persecution of Fr. Kelly continues. You cite unsubstantiated allegations as was done in the Salem Witch Trials. We've learned from history that this form of injustice is designed to railroad and falsely convict someone like Fr. Kelly. I'll ask you and everyone who believes Fr. Kelly is guilty: where's the credible evidence? You say there are other accusers? Accusations and allegations don't make credible evidence as they did in the Salem Witch Trials. If what you say is true, is it any wonder after all the publicity surrounding this trial and SNAP and others who implore people to come forward with unsubstantiated allegations to accuse Fr. Kelly that there are more accusers? With the promise of a big pay off for some and an ax to grind for others is it really any wonder? We don't want to see allegations, Ms. Clark. We want to see credible evidence. Now the witch trial continues. Now the persecution continues. Now the Plantiff's attorney will see how much money he can extract unjustly from the accused. Does it give you pleasure to see an innocent man's life destroyed, Ms. Clark? Don't all Catholic priests deserve it in your in your mind Ms. Clark? If you don't know Ms. Clark, all the people who were tried and convicted in the Salem Witch Trials were posthumously exonerated. There are memorials dedicated to these people who were destroyed by vicious false accusers during the Salem Witch Trials. They stand as memorials to a time when people threw away logic and reason to horribly destroy people. Now we see history repeating itself by efforts to destroy Fr. Kelly and the Catholic Church. Nobody stood up for the falsely accused in the Salem Witch Trials, but those of us that know of that cruel time in history will stand up for those who are unjustly accused who ever they may be and where ever they may be.

  • Arabella Clark posted at 10:48 am on Wed, Apr 11, 2012.

    Arabella Posts: 129

    Congratulations to the brave, brave victim who testified at the trial. I am sorry that you had to withstand such rudeness from some of the parishioners who attended the trial.

    Now that this brave victim has paved the way for other victims, I hope they will come forward.

    The Dr. William Ayres blog ( Ayres, a San Mateo child psychiatrist who was molested in 2007 for molesting his young boy patients) is calling on all victims of Kelly to speak up. The blog is run by one of Ayres' hundreds of victims.



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