Mar 8, 2007

Courtroom gambit by Michael S. Baker

An article in the California section of today's Los Angeles Times (click on this post's title) describes a courtroom gambit by defrocked Archdiocese of Los Angeles priest Michael S. Baker, 59.

Baker's trial on charges of molesting two boys, one unconscious, is pending.

Baker said in court Wednesday that California state law discriminates against homosexuals because it mandates no time limits for prosecuting forcible heterosexual intercourse -- but does the same for not only forcible but also [supposedly] consensual homosexual intercourse.

The Times says Baker's lawyer, Donald H. Steier, "suggested that Baker's victims consented to the contacts..."

Court papers filed by the County D.A.'s office say this:

"To characterize sexual contact between a priest and a student as consensual, let alone as 'consensual, mutual, gentle, homosexual contact' or a 'romantic relationship' as the defense does, is not only profoundly inappropriate, but odious and offensive."

Doesn't everyone know that youngsters are incapable of giving consent?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This vile man (I don't even want to call him a priest) has no shame.

His poor victims will probably be forced to testify
in order to refute this outrageous lie that they "consented" to the molestation. More heartbreak and misery as Baker's defense attorneys will attempt to insinuate all sorts of things against them.

Meanwhile, Cardinal Mahony, who enabled Baker by transferring him all over the place while aware of his proclivity for young boys, enjoys an unusual immunity and remains untouched.

Heaven help us!

11:44 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Anonymous 11:44 a.m.

Thank you for pointing out the horrifying reality that the victims most likely will have to take the stand, and that that will involve, as you say, more heartbreak and misery.

4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God help us all if it ever turns out that one or any of these false Crists ever infects a victim with a virulent sexual disease, or worse, infect them with AIDS!

Every practicing Catholic will pay. And not ju$t morally $peaking!

Have we ofended God so much that he will no longer show kindness on us like the Psalm says [77:7-9]?

8:08 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear MVH,

Yes, that is a tremendous point you make. Wonder if it has already happened anywhere, and perhaps both the perpetrator and the victim(s) are deceased?

4:23 PM  

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