State v. Finefrock

CHARGE(S): Felonious Assault

POTENTIAL PUNISHMENT: 8 years in prison

VENUE: Middletown Municipal Court, Middletown, Ohio

ALLEGATION: A 25-year-old law school graduate stabbed a roman catholic priest and high school principal in the abdomen. The priest sustained serious injury which required a lengthy hospitalization.

DISPOSITION: At the preliminary hearing stage Mr. Bennett prevented the priest from testifying about the stabbing which allegedly occurred during a confessional and prevented any other person, including the police, from stating what the priest might have told them. Mr. Bennett's argument was buttressed on the roman catholic canon law that forbids a priest from revealing anything said or done during confession.

RESULT: Charge dismissed because of insufficient evidence.

Fenwick principal survives stabbing (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Judge grants Mentrup delay (The Middletown Journal)
Fenwick principal survives stabbing (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Man to be cleared in stabbing, attorney says (The Columbus Dispatch)
Charges off in priest's stabbing (Cincinnati Enquirer)
Charges dropped in case of priest stabbed in home (Cincinnati Post)

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