Court in butler case says some evidence to be reserved for pope

VATICAN CITY Sat Sep 29, 2012 7:51am EDT

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VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The court trying Pope Benedict's former butler on charges of aggravated theft ruled on Saturday that the results of a sensitive separate investigation carried out by cardinals for the pope will not be admitted as trial evidence.

At the first hearing of the long-awaiting trial of Paolo Gabriele, charged with stealing and leaking sensitive papal documents alleging corruption in the Vatican, the court rejected a defense request to include the cardinals' probe.

It ruled that the trial will be based only on an investigation by a Vatican prosecutor and Vatican police.

Gabriele, wearing a light grey suit and looking pale but smiling often, did not speak at the first session. He is expected to testify when the trial resumes on October 2.

(Reporting by Philip Pullella and Gavin Jones)

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paintcan wrote:
I don’t understand this at all? If one thinks the Vatican is in the hands of “the Cardinals”, then they were neutralized right at the start.

The Police and the Court could be far easier to “corrupt”, it seems to me. They don’t have to risk the charge of being “hypocrites”.

But what sort of civil constitution can the Vatican have? Who’s standards of jurisprudence are they using?

I am not sure the Pope is quite to autocrat he is generally seen as being. In order to have effective control as an autocrat one must have accurate information and it doesn’t always sound like he has that. There are CEO’s genuinely or not – and certainly people in Government who don’t always have accurate information.

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