The highest criminal court in Scotland has overturned the conviction of Father Mark Paterson, a Carmelite friar found guilty in 2006 of indecent assault.
“The university’s Catholic Society maintained that there had been a gross miscarriage of justice,” according to a Catholic World Report
“Father Paterson appealed his conviction on the grounds that
he did not receive a fair trial, due to the negligence of his solictor
and the advocate who had represented him. For example, three important
witnesses had not been called to give their testimony in Father
Paterson’s defense. Only at this week’s appeal were two of the witnesses
allowed to testify.”