John C. Manly–arguably California's best dirty priest hunter–scored another courthouse victory last week in Stockton when a jury sided with the Newport Beach lawyer's civil case against a priest who raped an alter boy 20 years ago.
Indeed, Kelly refuses to concede the illegal sexual conduct and, until the verdict, had the firm backing of church officials.
But Manly told the Bee that it's not surprising that people would like and defending offending priests.
“Pedophiles are nice people,” he said in perhaps the best quote of the year. “That's how they get access to kids.”
R. Scott Moxley’s award-winning investigative journalism has touched nerves for two decades. An angry congressman threatened to break Moxley’s knee caps. A dirty sheriff promised his critical reporting was irrelevant and then landed in prison. The U.S. House of Representatives debated his work. Federal prosecutors credited his stories for the arrest of a doctor who sold fake medicine to dying patients. Moxley has won Journalist of the Year honors at the Los Angeles Press Club; been named Distinguished Journalist of the Year by the LA Society of Professional Journalists; and hailed by two New York Times Magazine writers for his “herculean job” exposing Southern California law enforcement corruption.