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Trial date set for Bishop Heather Cook

Bishop Heather Cook appeared in Baltimore Circuit Court and entered a plea of not guilty to charges in the hit-and-run death of Thomas Palermo last December. June 4, 2015 has been set for her trial.

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A Lenten message from the Diocese of Maryland

The Rt. Reverend Eugene Taylor Sutton’s Lenten message to the diocese acknowledges that “repentance is not a solitary act”:

Repentance is a corporate act of righting things within a spiritual community so that community can restore its right relationship with God…

For me personally and as your bishop, the process of repentance must begin with the Palermo family who suffered the unbearable loss of Thomas Palermo on December 27. I’m sorry for their loss and regret his death was by all accounts […]

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Q: Why didn’t the church dig deeper? A: She had “stellar” recommendations.

Updated: Baltimore Brew has a report on the forum. Quotes in the addendum below.

Bishop Sutton held another public forum last night. According to the local CBS affiliate,

“Obviously there’s a flaw, there are flaws in there,” said Bishop Sutton. Top Bishop Eugene Sutton says they never had details of Cook’s initial DUI. “One of the regrets I have, is we didn’t have all the information we needed,” Bishop Sutton said.

Saying many spoke so highly of her, so they never felt a need to […]

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Heather Cook’s ministry restricted by Presiding Bishop

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Presiding Bishop further restricts ministry of Heather Cook


Presiding Bishop further restricts ministry of Heather Cook

[February 10, 2015] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori today issued a formal canonical Restriction on Ordained Ministry directed to the Rt. Rev. Heather Cook, Bishop Suffragan of Maryland.

This Restriction was issued as part of the Episcopal Church’s Title IV disciplinary process.  The Restriction provides:

Pursuant to Canons IV.7(3), (4) and IV.17(2) of this church, I hereby place the following […]

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Photo of Tom Palermo memorial; a bike painted white (colloquially known as a 'ghost bike'), and locked to a street post, surrounded by candles, flowers, and other items of remembrance

Bishop Heather Cook indicted on 13 charges in cyclist’s death

The Baltimore Brew from Wednesday, February 5:

A city grand jury has indicted Episcopal Bishop Heather E. Cook on additional counts arising from her fatal crash with bicyclist Tom Palermo on December 27, the Baltimore state’s attorney’s office announced this afternoon.

In addition to four original criminal charges involving manslaughter, homicide by a motor vehicle while impaired, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and several traffic charges – Cook was indicted today on a series of related counts, including reckless driving, negligent […]

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Can a consecration train be stopped?

By now you know that Bishop Sutton informed the Presiding Bishop that he suspected Bishop-Elect Cook was drunk at the couples dinner that the Presiding Bishop and Sutton attended with their spouses and Cook’s steady companion. Perhaps many a bishop-elect has over-inbibed, but the PB (or her office) and Sutton were both aware of Cook’s DUI conviction although neither seems to have been aware of the publicly available details of that conviction, or its disturbing nature.

Are there examples where information […]

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Audio transcript of Cook’s first DUI court appearance

The Baltimore Sun provides an audio transcript of Bishop Cook’s appearance before the judge seeking leniency for her first arrest. The Sun also has more comments from friends and colleagues about her work before becoming bishop and before killing Thomas Palermo.

Standing before an Eastern Shore judge in 2010 after being caught driving drunk, the Rev. Heather Elizabeth Cook and her attorney pleaded for leniency.

Cook was undergoing three different forms of counseling, including Alcoholics Anonymous, her attorney said. And she had voluntarily had […]

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Bishop Heather Cook: A request for resignation from the Diocese of Maryland

Breaking news from the Diocese of Maryland. Here is the letter sent to all churches today

Baltimore, MD — The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland has requested Heather Cook’s resignation as bishop suffragan in a letter sent through her lawyer on January 27. On Dec 27, 2014, Heather Cook hit and killed cyclist Thomas Palermo, 41, and has been charged by police with vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, and texting while driving, among other charges.”It was clear that our lay […]

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