Newly discovered medical records provide shocking new evidence that two priests and a Catholic school teacher were most certainly falsely convicted of molesting an altar boy, a new court filing charges.
Veteran journalist Ralph Cipriano – who has been tenaciously uncovering the massive fraud surrounding the prosecutions of Catholic clergy in Philadelphia – has exclusively revealed that a brief has been filed in Pennsylvania Superior Court seeking a new trial for convicted ex-teacher Bernard Shero.
Burton A. Rose, Shero's attorney, filed his brief based on the records which Philadelphia Court of Common Please Judge Lillian Ransom refused, for some reason, to allow the jury to see in the criminal trial. Shero and a number of priests were then later convicted after two very controversial trials in 2012 and 2013.
Stunning information which the judge would not let the jury seeThe criminal convictions were based on the wild stories of accuser Dan Gallagher, who claimed at two different trials that three different men – Shero, Fr. Charles Engelhardt, and former priest Edward Avery – somehow raped and molested him at various times when he served as a Philadelphia altar boy in the late 1990s.
According to the new filing as reported by Cipriano, newly uncovered medical records show that Gallagher made at least seven wildly conflicting statements about him being abused – and not being abused.
At one point, Gallagher – an admitted drug addict who reportedly has been arrested at least six times and has been in 23 drug rehabs – told drug counselors that he had "no history of physical or sexual abuse."
And on three separate occasions, Gallagher told drug counselors that his older brother had been arrested for molestation. In truth, Gallagher's older brother, James Gallagher, is a recently licensed attorney in Pennsylvania and has never been arrested at all.
And – most notably – in none of the seven cited statements did Gallagher ever mention any episodes of abuse by a Catholic priest.
Surely, if this information had been put in front of a jury, these men would not now be sitting in prison for crimes which they very likely did not commit.
The media goes M.I.A. – willfully?
This not the first time that the wild claims of accuser Gallagher have been called into serious doubt. (Some of our previous posts – here and here, for example – document further problems with Gallagher's wild stories and the vengeful prosecutions of these men by Philadelphia D.A. Seth Williams.)
For example, Cipriano exclusively reported last March that an alternate juror during the Engelhardt-Shero trial came forward to say after the guilty verdicts that the convictions of the two men were a "tragic miscarriage of justice."
Yet the mainstream media has remained deafeningly silent, especially the media in Philadelphia, which, one might imagine, would take an interest in this gripping tale of injustice perpetrated by a vengeful publicity-hound D.A. and based on the stories of an admitted junkie and criminal.
Below his article, Cipriano posted a salient comment addressing the gross negligence of the Philadelphia mainstream media. It reads in part:
"[T]he [Philadelphia Inquirer], the Daily News, the weeklies, the TV stations all remain on the sidelines, apparently determined to keep silent. If they got involved, some innocent guys stuck in jail would be out by now. And Seth Williams would have had to answer some questions he's been stonewalling on for more than a year. But thanks to the wall of silence, he continues to get away with it."
Stay tuned. We surely will.