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Defrocked priest Paul Shanley appears in Suffolk County Superior Court in 2008 to seek a new trial. That request was rejected. Shanley is set to be released from prison as early as this week. (Yoon S. Byun/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
Defrocked priest Paul Shanley appears in Suffolk County Superior Court in 2008 to seek a new trial. That request was rejected. Shanley is set to be released from prison as early as this week. (Yoon S. Byun/AP)

As early as Friday, one of the most notorious figures in the clergy sex abuse scandal could be released from prison.

Paul Shanley has spent the last 12 years in prison for raping a Sunday school student in the early 1980s. He was accused of sexually abusing roughly two dozen others over several decades.

Middlesex prosecutors had taken steps to try to get Shanley civilly committed indefinitely, but two doctors who assessed Shanley said he did not meet the legal criteria as a sexually dangerous person. Family members of Shanley's alleged victims are upset at Shanley's impending release.

We speak with two attorneys who disagree about whether Shanley should be back on the streets.

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Eric Tennen, defense attorney specializing in sexual offenses. He tweets @Swomley_Tennen.

Mitchell Garabedian, attorney specializing in sexual abuse cases. He has represented several alleged victims of Paul Shanley. He tweets @migarabedian.

This segment aired on July 27, 2017.

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