Defending dirty deeds
A Sonoma County judge ruled in favor of a child molesting priest Monday, finding that allegations of sexual abuse at St. Bernard in Eureka came too long after the incidents occurred.
The accused Irish priest had been sent to Eureka after similar allegations led the church to relocate him rather than defrock his ass.
Attorney Adrienne Moran defended the Diocese of Santa Rosa in court and touted the decision.
“The court completely agreed with our position that claims are time-barred no matter what label you put on them,” she told the Press Democrat.
In other words, Rev. Patrick McCabe may be a rapist but the statute of limitations gives him a Get Out of Jail Free card.
That defense may be legally bullet proof but Moran’s quote must have left a foul coating as it crossed her tongue.
Moran is the same attorney who defended the city of Eureka and its manager David Tyson in a harassment lawsuit brought by a former employee in 2009 in which the city settled for $200,000.
There may be good money in defending bad priests — and the City of Eureka — but it’s a dirty job.