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    This was a planned response.

    It was a direct violation of civil rights.

    It was assault and battery.

    The priest should sue even if he does not intend to keep any of the damages awarded.  He should ask for punitive damages.  The ACLU should immediately act on his behalf of they are not already.

    Federal Law:  42 USC Section 1983

    http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/...

    Every person who, under color of any statute, ordinance,
    regulation, custom, or usage, of any State or Territory or the District of Columbia, subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress, except that in any action brought
    against a judicial officer for an act or omission taken in such officer's judicial capacity, injunctive relief shall not be granted unless a declaratory decree was violated or declaratory relief was unavailable. For the purposes of this section, any Act of Congress applicable exclusively to the District of Columbia shall be considered to be a statute of the District of Columbia.

    State Assault and Battery tort claims charges are also permitted in the State of Washington.

    "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

    by Steven D on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 02:50:20 PM PST

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