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Bishop charged in hit-and-run case resigns, is deposed
Bishop charged in hit-and-run case resigns, is deposed

The clerical career of Heather Elizabeth Cook, the Episcopal bishop accused of driving drunk and killing a local bicyclist in December, is over. Cook, 58, has resigned as bishop suffragan of the Diocese of Maryland, the diocese said Friday. A few hours later, the national church issued an accord banning Cook from acting as an ordained person, a ruling that marked the end of a disciplinary investigation the church has been conducting since just after the Dec. 27 crash that killed Thomas Palermo, 41, a married father of two from Baltimore. "Heather has been deposed from all ordination — as a bishop, as a deacon, as a priest. She no longer has standing in the church," said...

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