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Monday, October 15, 2007

Seattle Times Sins of Omission

posted by on October 15 at 12:06 PM

Yesterday’s Seattle Times picked up my story from a couple of weeks ago about interim KC Prosecutor Dan Satterberg’s failure to subpoena personnel files from the Seattle Archdiocese. A local attorney who had seen the filesóand was winning settlements from the Church in child sex abuse casesówrote a letter to the KC prosecutor’s office telling them they should see the files and file criminal charges.

Part of my story focused on the notion that Satterberg’s position on a special Archdiocese panel to help the Church deal with sex abuse cases was a conflict of interest. After all, the attorney asked, wasn’t Satterberg the public law enforcement official who was supposed to be busting potential law breakers rather than helping them?

That’s the issue that the Seattle Times focuses on. Their headline reads: “Possible conflict seen in work Satterberg did for archdiocese.”

They do a typical daily newspaper “He said/She said” on the debate, which isn’t so bad in this case because it is a debatable questionóand an interesting one.

However, they give the last word to the “No, it’s not a conflict of interest” POV, quoting a UW Law Prof. They write: But “if his role was solely to give policy advice, where he never saw specific cases then I don’t see any conflict.

Okay. Except, I asked Satterberg this very questionódid he see any specific cases? (I don’t know if the Seattle Times asked Satterberg this question or not.) Satterberg told me he did see specific cases.


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Not a conflict of interest?

Um, what color is the sky in their world?

Posted by Will in Seattle | October 15, 2007 12:40 PM

During the 1980's and 1990's a pattern emerged of confusing, misleading and intimidating clergy abuse victims who contacted the Seattle AD for emotional and spiritual help in dealing with their sexual assault. These victim disempowerment tactics were all done under the guise of pastoral response to what the church then knew was in many times criminal behavior on the part of its clergy. The church withheld and misrepresented information to various types of secular evaluators over the years. There are victim and accountability groups who gather the data, testimony and information which supports claims such as this one. (SNAP and to name only two)I encourage people to check out what the victims have to say about their experience with the Seattle AD before coming to any conclusions.

Posted by lawrence | October 15, 2007 2:57 PM

As a Jew you are the right reporter for this story Josh. I'm glad you are going after these Christian child molestors. Christianity is a religion of perverts.

Josh I loved your story last year demanding a menorah in the Seattle Airport. How is that going? As Jews we must force racist Seattle to place symbols of our belief in all public spaces that Christian symbols appear.

Posted by Issur | October 16, 2007 9:04 PM

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