Friday, March 14, 2008
TOLEDO TRIAL WILL CONTINUE
COLUMBUS - The Ohio Supreme Court yesterday allowed a Toledo woman's lawsuit against Gerald Robinson to continue in which she claims she repeatedly was raped and tortured by the Toledo Catholic priest in satanic rituals when she was a child.
In a 4-2 decision, the state's high court declined to hear an appeal filed by the priest's attorneys seeking to dismiss the suit.
Robinson, 69, was convicted in a separate, high-profile case in 2006 of murdering Sister Margaret Ann Pahl 26 years earlier. He is serving a sentence of 15 years to life in the Hocking Correctional Facility in southern Ohio.
Yesterday's Supreme Court action sends the Toledo woman's case back to Lucas County Common Pleas Court, where a pretrial hearing with Judge Ruth Ann Franks is set for March 27.
"It's huge in our favor. We can now proceed on the merits of the case, " said Mark Davis, attorney for the woman.
John Donahue, a Perrysburg attorney representing Robinson, expressed disappointment.