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Trial Delayed For Priest Who Allegedly Lied For Von Bulow

May 5, 1986

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The trial of a Roman Catholic priest accused of lying for Claus von Bulow was delayed Monday because attorneys for both sides were tied up on other cases.

Assistant Attorney General Jeffrey Pine said he expected the trial to begin within several weeks.

The Rev. Philip Magaldi, the pastor of St. Anthony’s Church in North Providence, is charged with perjury and obstruction of justice.

The charges stem from a sworn statement he wrote three years ago on behalf of von Bulow, who at the time was charged with twice trying to kill his heiress wife with insulin injections.

Von Bulow last June was acquitted at a retrial. His 1982 convictions on two counts of attempted murder were reversed in 1984 by the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

Magaldi in September 1983 wrote a seven-page affidavit in support of a sworn statement filed by David Marriott, a Massachusetts man who claimed to have unwittingly delivered drugs and syringes to von Bulow’s wife, Martha ″Sunny″ von Bulow, and her son, Alexander von Auersperg.

Magaldi said Marriott had told him about the deliveries. But Marriott has since recanted his statement, while the priest has stood by his. Neither document was used at the retrial.

Marriott’s original contention supported the theory of von Bulow’s lawyers that Mrs. von Bulow’s two comas in 1979 and 1980 were caused by her abuse of alcohol and drugs, not insulin injections by an unfaithful husband.

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