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District Attorneys have hands tied

~ also see 'Crimens Sollicitationis' (Tom's document) & 'Code Words' (2nd part of Richard's document)

~ abstract of SNAP article by Clohessy & Blaine

Due to increasing child abuse news in the Catholic Church, Little League & Boy Scouts, parents, legislators, & child advocates now advocate suspension of State statutes of limitation for child sexual abuse.

Belleville Illinois Diocese & St. Louis Missouri Diocese are neighbors. The statute of limitations in Illinois was ‘victim-friendly’, so due process removed 12 priest perps from ministry. Missouri statutes & State Supreme Court rulings inured St. Louis church officials from prosecution: none were investigated, nor removed.

In Bristol County Massachusetts, District Attorney Paul Walsh, Jr., said, ''We're prohibited from effective prosecution, and the priests are prohibited from effective exoneration” … he could not investigate 16 of 21 alleged abusive priests. Allegations were beyond the statue of limitations.

In Waukesha County Wisconsin,  Father David Hanser allegedly molested boys for 20 years. No charges could be filed because the State statute of limitations had expired. District Attorney Paul Bucher said the cases were too old to prosecute.  "I can't turn back the hands of time," Bucher wrote in a letter to sheriff's detectives, adding he "sadly" could not prosecute.

In Cleveland, OH, prosecutors investigated 145 priests and cleared seven. The rest couldn't be prosecuted because of the statute of limitations. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor William Mason criticized Ohio's laws for providing an escape hatch for 145 priests against whom sex-abuse allegations were leveled.  "Without a doubt, but for the statute of limitations, many priests would have been indicted," Mason said.