Thursday, May 21, 2009

Court upholds abuse conviction of ex-priest
Last updated May 20, 2009 3:36 p.m. PT
Wis. court upholds abuse conviction of ex-priest
MADISON, Wis. -- An appeals court has upheld the 2006 conviction of a once-prominent Jesuit priest on charges he abused two students during retreats in Wisconsin in the 1960s.
Donald McGuire, once a spiritual adviser to Mother Teresa, is one of the most influential religious figures convicted in the Roman Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal.
The court Wednesday rejected his request for a new trial on charges he sexually abused two teenagers during trips to a cottage in southeastern Wisconsin in 1967 and 1968.
The court rejected McGuire's claims that the decades-long delay in filing charges against him hurt his defense, that his lawyer should have called other witnesses to discredit the victims and that other legal errors tainted the prosecution.

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