Oct 26, 2005

'Snoop Sister'

(Myung J. Chun/LA TIMES)


"At 16, Mario Rocha was convicted of murder as an adult. A nun has fought nine years to free him. To her, it's about more than one boy.

For nine years, the dedication, zeal and self-acknowledged pestering of the 75-year-old Roman Catholic nun have spurred a campaign to free Rocha. The case has galvanized members of California's Catholic community, prompted filmmakers to make a documentary on juvenile justice, and attracted the pro bono commitment of the high-powered law firm Latham and Watkins.

Petitions filed by the firm have persuaded an appeals court to hear new oral arguments in Rocha's case. A hearing is scheduled for today."
Go HERE for full story.


Anonymous Quo Vadis said...

Not unexpected as far as how things are handled during trials. State defense lawyers are often inexperienced and/or less competent than private defense lawyers and almost always outclassed by the prosecuters who also have an unlimited budget. As the sayig goes "you get what you pay for". Of course you and end up hiring a fraud but if you don't hire some your virtually gauranteed to get the bottom of the barrel.

Its also interesting in that they tell us not to get involved with prisoners like this in prison ministry or they will kick you out of the program. But I suppose she could go on her own as long as her superior allows it.

10:37 AM  
Blogger Non Sum Dignus said...

Ohhh yeah. From the first few sentences, one can tell this is going to be a far and objective story. Suuuuuuure.

Precious little was said about the young man who's life was snuffed out.

Rocha was at the age of reason when he commited murder. He made a choice, now he can live, and die, with it.

Expiation of sin. The more gave the sin, the greater the expiation.

3:45 PM  
Blogger CS said...

With all her busybodying, I wonder if she ever finds time to do her real (heavenly) job!

5:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

guess she's working on a movie deal. the next sr. prejean.

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Jude said...

The LA Times states ...

Sister was able "... to get her foot in the door at the 72-story downtown Library Tower that Latham [Law firm] calls home, to make a verbal pitch."

And then it says,

"As is her custom, the slender, soft-spoken nun — a New York native and member of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary — ARRIVED IN LAY DRESS."

At least the turtle-neck sweater was Marian blue.

From what I can tell, this "Snoop Sister" is the typical modernist nun who is big on defending criminals but completely silent about defending innocent preborn children.

She is another Sister Prejean, a female Father Greg Boyle, darlings of the leftist elites.

8:49 AM  
Blogger bobnd said...

The legal public defense system is just a deal making system for the state, The law was probably botched so that the state could justify the sentence. Sister probably is doing God's work in helping this young man out. There are 2 sides to the law. We are on the wrong side of the law and the law enforcement Judges, cops and lawyers are on the right side of the law.

12:05 AM  
Blogger Non Sum Dignus said...

Since when is it "God's Work" to deny justice? I particularly like the The law was probably botched. "Probably"??

No "probably" about it. This little murderer is getting what he deserves. Hmmm.... isn't that the same thing St. Dismas said on Calvary?

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Guys, this is typical and should be expected from now on. All the good sister is doing is following the contemporary Church's abolitionist attitude toward capital punishment for murder -- an attitude that contradicts Scripture and Tradition but one instigated by that darling of "orthodox" Catholics, Pope John Paul II and abetted by that other darling of "orthodox" Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI (when, as Card. Ratzinger, he put it into the Catechism).

Don't believe me? Then read the encyclical, Evangelium vitae. It was the late Pope's *prudential* judgement that capital criminals did not need to be executed since prison systems are sophisticated enough to keep them out of the community. Never mind that those same murderers could kill again in prison. Never mind that many parole laws enable murderers to be releazed. Never mind the fact that it is fundamentally unjust and unfair for somebody who arbitrarily and wantonly took innocent life to retain his own.

Never mind all that. We are "pro-life." We are in the New Springtime of the Church (TM).

Move along, people, said the naked emperor. Nothing to see here.

6:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Mario Rocha is innocent and that he will be freed because he deserves it."Non sum dignus" is a person who does not know what he is talking about. He has not heard all of Mario's life-ruining excpirience. Mario did NOT commit the murder of the 18-year-old student.Mario was NOT affiliated with gangs. He was only a 16-year-old boy from Highland Park. He was a writer and he was a good student. He had a great and united typical Mexican family. He had a lot of cousins who had and still have his back. I'm EXTREMLY sure that Mario's family misses him alot!

9:15 AM  

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