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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - February 8, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                Tuesday February 8 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN A3 Tuesday February 8 2005 THE NEW MEXICAN A Expriest convicted of raping boy in 1980s v tJxn The Associated Press Courtroom spectators comfort each other as a verdict is read in the trial of defrocked priest Paul Shanley on Monday in Cam bridge Mass Shanley the most notorious figure in the sex scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese was convicted of raping and fondling a boy at his Roman Catholic Church during the 1980s The Associated Press CAMBRIDGE Mass Defrocked priest Paul Shan ley the most notorious figure in the sex scandal that rocked the Boston Archdiocese was convicted Monday of rap ing and fondling a boy at his Roman Catholic Church dur uig the 1980s The conviction on all four charges gives prosecutors a highprofile victory in their effort to bring pedophile priests to justice for decades of abuse at parishes around the country Shanley 74 could get life in prison for two counts each of child rape and indecent assault and battery on a child when he is sentenced Feb 15 His bail was revoked and he was immediately led off to jail The victim now 27 put his head down and sobbed as the verdicts were announced after a trial that turned on the reliability of what he claimed were recovered memories of the longago abuse Shanley showed no emotion as he stood next to his attorney Frank Modano It appears that the absence of a case is not an impediment to securing a said During the trial the accuser broke down on the stand and testified that Shanley pulled him out of Sunday morning catechism classes and raped and groped him in the bathroom the rectory the confessional and the pews starting when he was 6 Mondano who promised to The jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon During the trial the accuser broke down on the stand as he testified in graphic detail that Shanley pulled him out of Sunday morning catechism classes and raped and groped him in the church bathroom the rectory the confessional and the pews starting when he was 6 and continuing for six years It felt he testified He told me nobody would ever believe me if I told The accuser said he repressed his memories of the abuse but that they came flooding back three years ago triggered by news coverage of the scandal that began in Boston and soon engulfed the church worldwide once a longhaired jeanswearing street priest who worked with Bostons troubled youth sat stoically for most of the trial listen ing to his accusers testimony with the help of a hearing aid The defense called just one witness a psychologist who said that socalled recov ered memories can be false even if the accuser ardently believes they are true A law yer for Shanley argued that the accuser was either mistaken or concocted the story with the help of personalinjury lawyers to cash in on a multimilliondol lar settlement resulting from the sex scandal The accuser now a fire fighter in suburban Boston was one of at least two dozen men who claimed they had been molested by Shanley The archdioceses own per sonnel records showed that church officials knew Shan ley publicly advocated sex between men and boys yet continued to transfer him from parish to parish Prosecutors said the accuser had no financial motivation in accusing Shanley of rape in the criminal case because he received his settle ment with the archdiocese nearly a year ago They also cited his three days on stand during which he sobbed and begged the judge not to force him to continue testifying The emotions were raw They were real prosecutor Lynn Rooney said in closing arguments Rodney Ford whose son Greg was one ofthree accus ers dropped from the case called the verdict a relief for my son and all the other The validation that all the victims of Paul Shanley must feeltodaymust be unbeliev Ford said Shanleys niece disagreed There are no winners are only los Teresa Shanely said as her uncle was led from the courtroom Were no closer to finding out the truth about this scandal or finding out what Public colleges solicit undergrads for donations The Associated Press TUSCALOOSA Harris pays for his education at the University of Alabama on his own Hes drowning in student loans hes between jobs and his dorm room just got more expensive Yet on a recent afternoon during a break at the student center the sophomore sat facing a banner that asked him to donate money to a new student capital cam paign The university wants each of its students to give at least toward a scholarship for someone who will be the first in his family to go to college I dont have any money to said Harris whos from Montgomery I give them a lot of money Public universities tradi tionally have not solicited their undergraduates for donations Alabama hasnt asked since 1922 But faced with statebudget cuts and the need to remain competitive schools across the country are beginning to focus on students as young as freshmen and sophomores as prime targets for fundraising campaigns At California State Poly technic University at Pomona undergraduates give to a studentsonly fund estab lished in 1998 thats used for scholarships Several schools including the University of Georgia solicit seniors to donate typically to 50 for the betterment of the campus At Auburn University a few colleges within the university are asking students to make contributions in the amount of their class year for 2004 for example The movement isnt sur prising since public colleges and universities have turned their attention to younger and younger alumni over the years said John Taylor of Durham a higher education consultant who specializes in fund raising You typically didnt a campirhensive service 2446 CERRILLOS ROAD 47347OO approach people until a good five years post graduation That seemed to be rule of Taylor said Over the last decade or two weve seen that shift so the day after graduation theyre fair game Now the shift has moved further to talking to seniors before they graduate so logically that translates to the earlier you contact the student the Alabama senior Glen Gregory doesnt care that student donations go to a scholarship Nor does he care that university officials are asking for what they say amounts to about the price of a cup of Starbucks coffee I wouldnt give money now but Id give money said Gregory a Memphis native whose parents help pay his tuition 1 got a pretty tight budget would pretty much be me asking my par ents for Philanthropy experts believe the campaigns reflect what private institu tions have done all along Now there is a growing need by public colleges and universities for private donations because of evolu tion of government said Tim Seiier director of the fundraising school at the Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University States are facing tough economic times with more and more taxpayer dollars going for faculty pay raises and rising health care costs That leaves universities to come up with money for building and expan sion themselves typically through private donations and tuition increases mayors gaymarriage stance not a pleaser ANY RED ITEM j 10 OFF 3 Sanbusco enter 9894742 it Come Taste the best New Mexican Cuisine in town Lunch Buffet 11 Off Your Dinner purthiv1 of Wi nr 5 pni with this ati ad expirp 416 Agua Fria 9885991 n r rp r r I v I 3 Tf r f u I I The Associated Press NEW YORK Mayor Michael Bloomberg staked out a compromise position in the gaymarriage debate He would publicly support gay marriage but challenge a court decision allowing it That stance has pleased almost no one Fellow Repub licans are calling him a Demo crat in disguise and gays are calling him a coward The furor illustrates Bloombergs peculiar political dilemma as a moderate Repub lican running for reelection in November in this overwhelm ingly liberal Democratic city with an active gay community It continues to highlight the problems hes got of being pulled between his Repub lican base which is center right and representing the entire city where being in the center politically is center said Columbia Univer sity political science profes sor Steve Cohen said The issue came to the fore last week when a judge in New York states triallevel court ruled Friday that the states ban on gay marriages is unconstitutional The case was brought by five gay couples who sued after being denied marriage licenses by the city New York is among the few states without laws explicitly defining marriage as between a man and a woman making it an important venue in the gay marriage debate In response to the ruling Bloomberg said on Saturday My personal opinion is that anybody should be allowed to marry anybody I dont hap pen to think we should put restrictions on whoyou should It was the first time in his three years in office that he stated his personal position on samesex marriage But the former financial news mogul also said that the city would appeal the decision in order to get a definitive ruling from the courts and avoid the kind of chaos that occurred in San Francisco after nearly gay couples who tied the knot with City Halls blessing later saw their marriages declared invalid Neither side liked that com promise The mayor has a problem That hes basically a typical Manhattan leftwing said Thomas Ognibene a Republican former City Council member who recently announced he will challenge Bloomberg for the partys mayoral nomination this year State Sen Tom Duane a Manhattan Democrat who is openly gay was more suc cinct Mayor he said is a The only thing stopping same sex couples from getting married legally was Mayor Michael said Alan Van Capelle executive director of the Empire Slate Pride Agenda Its nice that he supports gay marriage but what we want is On Monday Bloomberg said he is simply trying to fol low state law and represent i diverse citys best interests at the same time TRAVEL BUG Internet Coffee Shop Sal Frfil 2 SC pm Slide Patagonia Effalii M 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