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(I) (2015)

Stanley Tucci: Mitchell Garabedian



  • Mitchell Garabedian : If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.

  • Mike Rezendes : Mitch, are you telling me that the Catholic Church removed legal documents from that courthouse?

    Mitchell Garabedian : Look, I'm not crazy, I'm not paranoid. I'm experienced. Check the docket. You'll see. They control everything.

  • Mitchell Garabedian : This city, these people... making the rest of us feel like we don't belong. But they're no better than us. Look at how they treat their children. Mark my words, Mr. Rezendes. If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a village to abuse one.

  • Mitchell Garabedian : [on Patrick]  He's one of the lucky ones. He's still alive.

  • Mitchell Garabedian : I'm Armenian. How many Armenians do you know in Boston ?

    Mike Rezendes : Steve Kurkjian, works at the Globe...

    Mitchell Garabedian : Oh. That's two. You should get a prize or something.

  • Mitchell Garabedian : [from trailer]  I don't want you recording this in any way, shape or form. Nothing.

  • Mitchell Garabedian : [from trailer]  I'm not crazy, they control everything.

  • Mitchell Garabedian : Three years ago I get a call from an ex-priest, Anthony Benzovich. He was at Blessed Sacrament back in '62, and he saw Geoghan...

    [waits for two cops to pass by, then continues] 

    Mitchell Garabedian : ... taking little boys up to the rectory bedroom. So he's appalled, all right? And tells the bishop about it. The bishop threatens to re-assign him... to South America.

    Mike Rezendes : Jesus.

    Mike Rezendes : Yeah. So, fast forward thirty-five years. Benzovich reads that Geoghan has been charged with molesting hundreds of kids. So, he feels guilty. He calls me.

    Mike Rezendes : So, you have testimony of a priest telling his superiors about Geoghan in '62?

    Mitchell Garabedian : [shakes his head]  No, I do not. Because when I call Benzovich in to give a disposition, he comes in with a lawyer.

    Mike Rezendes : Wilson Rogers!

    Mitchell Garabedian : Right. And suddenly, Father Benzovich has a very foggy memory. Can't remember anything. He's useless. So, I go back to work, I forget about it, whatever. Until about a year ago, I find an article about a priest who warned church officials about Geoghan.

    Mike Rezendes : Benzovich went to the press?

    Mitchell Garabedian : Yeah. Local paper, Patriot-Ledger. Nobody saw it. But now I got Benzovich on record. So, I file a motion to depose Benzovich a second time. And Wilson Rogers, that smug son of a bitch, files a motion opposing my motion. And that's when I have him.

    Mike Rezendes : Have him how?

    Mitchell Garabedian : Rogers opposes my motion, so I have to make an argument as to why I'm allowed to depose Father Benzovich a second time. Okay? But this time, I'm allowed to attach exhibits. You follow what I'm saying?

    Mike Rezendes : The sealed documents?

    Mitchell Garabedian : Yes! I can attach the sealed documents that I've gotten in discovery, Mr. Rezendes, the same documents your paper is currently suing for.

    Mike Rezendes : You're shitting me!

    Mitchell Garabedian : What? No, no, I'm not shitting you! So, I pull out the fourteen most damning docs, and I attach them to my motion. And they prove everything. Everything! About the church, about the bishops, about Law...

    Mike Rezendes : And it's all public! Because your motion to oppose Rogers' motion...

    Mitchell Garabedian : public, yeah. Exactly. Now you're paying attention.

    Mike Rezendes : So, I can just walk into that courtroom right now and get those documents?

    Mitchell Garabedian : No, you cannot. Because the documents are not there.

    Mike Rezendes : But you just said they're public.

    Mitchell Garabedian : I know I did. But this is Boston. And the church does not want them to be found. So, they are not there.

  • Mitchell Garabedian : I already talked to the Phoenix.

    Mike Rezendes : Yeah, there's a reason I didn't see it. Nobody reads a Phoenix anymore... they're broke, they don't have any power. The Globe does. If we cover the story, everybody will hear about it.

    Mitchell Garabedian : The Church thinks in centuries, Mr. Rezendes. Do you think your paper has resources to take that on?

    Mike Rezendes : Yeah, I do. But if you don't mind me asking... Do you?

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