Flashback: Conservative Columnist Wigderson Condemned Prosser for Botching Pedophile Priest Case | Wis.Community

Flashback: Conservative Columnist Wigderson Condemned Prosser for Botching Pedophile Priest Case

Here's what our conservative friend James Wigderson had to say about Prosser's botching of the Merryfield case back in 2008 in a piece entitled

While not on the level of collusion between Milwaukee District Attorney McCann and Archbishop Rembert Weakland, certainly Prosser had a responsibility to follow up on this case, to examine if there were any more allegations regarding the priest, and to make sure this priest never was allowed near children again. He claims he believed the children. Then he owed them more than just talking to the parish. If not as a prosecutor, then as a human being.

But now, of couse, he has a -12933">post up attacking the "class and character" of JoAnne Kloppenburg for not rebuking a third party that condemns Prosser for botching the 1978 pedophile priest case.

Humorously, the post is about an ad featuring Troy Merryfield who also has inexplicably done a complete 180 on Prosser. Two years ago, Merryfield was giving scorching reviews of Prosser's handling of the case in 1978, telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in 2008:

"He knows damn well what happened and what was said," said Merryfield, now 43. "He dropped the ball... I was ready to take the stand."

"We were able to gather a wealth of information that far exceeded what Prosser had," Biskupic said. "It's not fair to second-guess him now."

Troy Merryfield differs, saying other children could have been spared abuse.

"It wasn't as if sexual abuse of a child wasn't a felony back then," he said. "The laws were on the books, and he should have prosecuted."

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April 2, 2011 - 10:18am

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