Pope's butler convicted in leaks, given 18 months
By NICOLE WINFIELD | Associated Press – 2 hrs 23 mins ago
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The pope's butler was convicted Saturday of stealing the pontiff's private documents and leaking them to a journalist in the gravest Vatican security breach in recent memory. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, but the Vatican said a papal pardon was likely.
Judge Giuseppe Dalla Torre read the verdict aloud two hours after the three-judge Vatican panel began deliberating Paolo Gabriele's fate. Gabriele stood impassively as it was read out in the tiny wood-paneled tribunal tucked behind St. Peter's Basilica.
The sentence was reduced in half to 18 months from three years because of a series of mitigating circumstances, including that Gabriele had no previous record, had acknowledged that he had betrayed the pope and was convinced, "albeit erroneously" that he was doing the right thing, Dalla Torre said.
For now, he is serving his sentence under house arrest.
Will the Pope turn the other cheek? That remains to be seen as he's currently still in deliberation. I'm a bit disturbed that the Vatican actually has the ability to detain anyone though.