Did Denis Lyons' Attorney Inadvertently Admit His Client is a Pedophile?
Apparently, shockingly, he does. In a bizarre game of chicken, Steier goes as close as possible to admit Lyons has molested boys without explicitly stating so in order to save his client.
In his brief, Steier freely admits that plaintiff attorney V. James DeSimone wants documents from Lyons' personnel file that "involve the internal workings of the Roman Catholic Church when confronted with the possibility that an ordained priest has a sexual problem, which is forbidden by Church law. Those proceedings entail an intimate process by which the Church, through the bishop and his surrogates, attempt to save the soul and profession of a priest who has been ordained as a representative of God on Earth."
Geez, what kind of a "sexual problem" would Lyons have had that would entail the salvation of his soul? Whacking off? Getting it on with consenting adults? Or raping kiddies? $4 million in settled civil suits regarding pedophilia don't lie.
Then comes this bizarre line:
"Father Lyons does not contend that any church has a protected license to practice illegal sexual contact with children, but that the Church and Father Lyons are in a unique relationship essential to the Roman Catholic Religion, and that the communications within that relationship are sacrosanct from civil process."
Why would Lyons bring up pedophilia in an argument to try and hide his personnel files? Earlier in his motion, Steier talked about unspecified medical problems Lyons has suffered as not being fair to make public, and he could've left the description at that. But arguing that, while buggering boys is bad, talking about it with your superior is privileged information? I haven't seen such a tortured legal argument since Lionel Hutz tried to get Marge Simpson off for stealing a bottle of bourbon from the Kwik-E-Mart. Speaking of Hutz...