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UPDATE: In the News: Bishop charged with manslaughter

Heather Cook, who allegedly killed bicyclist Thomas Palermo while drunk driving and texting, charged with manslaughter, out on bail

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UPDATE: On Thursday afternoon, The Baltimore Sun reported that Episcopal bishop Heather Cook was released from jail after posting a $2.5 million bail. Attorney David Irwin said Cook, 58, was headed to an inpatient treatment facility, and that as a condition of her release she was not permitted to drive.

She faces charges of manslaughter, driving under the influence, leaving an accident scene, and texting while driving after allegedly killing bicyclist Thomas Palermo on December 27.

District Judge Nicole Pastore Klein suggested that the allegations against Cook show a “reckless and careless indifference to life.”

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The New York Times also reported on the case last week. It noted, “The handling of the case has become a flash point for several issues — including the fairness of the criminal justice system, which some critics said failed to move as quickly as it should have to charge Bishop Cook; the due diligence in vetting a high-ranking woman in the church; and bike safety.”