I just happened to be writing a book on hypocrisy, and I thought it would be a good idea to download a couple of pornographic images of children. I was all a big mistake from three years ago. I swear, I was doing research. This is all a big mistake. My enemies are persecuting me - or so says radio host and former catholic priest Bernie Ward.
"As everybody knows, Bernie, for over 20 years, has been a progressive, opposed to insensitive authority - he has been a champion of charities, nonprofits for the homeless," said Doron Weinberg, who appeared in federal court today as Ward's lawyer.
"More than three years ago, Bernie was doing research for a book he was doing on hypocrisy in America," Weinberg said.
As part of the research, Ward downloaded "a few images" of child pornography, and, Weinberg said, "it came to the attention of the government in late 2004."
"They investigated and they never found any involvement in child pornography other than this period that he accessed these images," Weinberg said. "The government knows that Bernie was doing this for an investigation he was doing for a book. But the government believes he violated the letter of the law and they have gone ahead and prosecuted him."
We've heard one side of the story, the governments case is under seal. We will have to wait to find out the real story.