Sex Abuse Group Objects to AG Hopeful's Ties to Church

By Eric Convey
Boston Herald [New Hampshire]
February 10, 2003

A national group representing clergy sex abuse victims wants New Hampshire Gov. Craig Benson to drop one of three finalists he is reportedly considering for attorney general, an appointed post in the Granite State.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) asked Benson in a letter released yesterday to look beyond lawyer David Vicinanzo, as he recently represented the Catholic Diocese of Manchester in negotiations that spared the church criminal charges.

"We worry that if this guy's appointed attorney general, survivors will be much more reluctant to come forward," SNAP National Director David Clohessy said in an interview. "He certainly has some impressive professional achievements and qualifications . . . We're saying it's going to look to some survivors like the fix may be in."

A spokesman for Benson said he could not respond to the letter before seeing it. A message left at Vicinanzo's office yesterday was not returned.


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