The Catholic News website reports today (July 22, 2012) that defense lawyers for Paolo Gabriele -- Pope Benedict XVI's butler accused of leaking private papal documents to the press -- said whether or not anything Gabriele did was a crime will be up to Vatican magistrates or a Vatican court to determine.
The lawyers spoke to reporters yesterday (July 21), after Gabriele was allowed to leave a Vatican cell and return to his Vatican apartment to be with his wife and three children. He had been in custody for 60 days.
Vatican magistrates said they had finished their interrogation of the 46-year-old papal valet and were putting him under house arrest.
The magistrates are still drafting their formal decision -- expected to be released by early August -- on whether or not they believe they have enough evidence to put Gabriele on trial for his alleged part in the "VatiLeaks" scandal.