Groundbreaking female Episcopal bishop charged with manslaughter and drunk driving

In a spectacular fall from grace, Maryland’s second-highest ranking Episcopal leader and the first female bishop in her diocese was charged with drunken driving and manslaughter after fatally striking a cyclist in late December.

Heather Cook, 58, turned herself in to authorities Friday, according to her attorney, David Irwin. Online court records show Cook’s bail was set at $2.5 million.

It was unclear late Friday whether she had posted bail. A trial is scheduled for February 6.

The charges came less than a week after the national Episcopal Church announced it had opened an investigation into Cook, whose ties to the church span generations…

  • Maurixio Garcia S

    Now days too many people want have the rule of leadership,when their brain doesnt help them,what a shame to society.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      This is a serious question.
      What test would be used to determine if a country/society is too stupid to self-govern?

      • Maurixio Garcia S

        Ask Obama he will answer your question in a unique answer.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Unfortunately he’s not answering my e-mails and I’m still banned at

          • ntt1

            Tried moochelle? she makes all the decisions anyway.

      • Brett_McS

        Is any country smart enough to self-govern?

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Oh sure, lots are, but not all of them.

      • b_marco

        Maybe a good starting point would be looking at Sweden’s policies going back a few decades?

      • b_marco

        Ya.. gut feeling is “widespread official affirmative action policies”.

  • TotallyPeeved

    It was never in Grace.

  • mauser 98

    …not the first ..or the last
    Former president of Mothers Against Drunk Driving is arrested for… drink driving

    Read more:

  • Now this:

    Panic was too soon.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Good news.
      Somebody dialed-in the wrong transponder code again.

      • Was this incompetence or what?

        • simus1

          Momentary false codes can happen via a number of different equipment related scenarios.

          • Drunk_by_Noon

            Yeah, THAT!
            About ten or more years ago, but soon enough after 9/11 that everyone was still jumpy, there was an airliner that was straddling the US/Canadian border, that due to a multitude of improbably coincidences, started “squawking 7500” on its transponder, AND was un responsive to American Air Traffic Control, AND began deviating from its assigned air corridor.
            That resulted in a flight of F-15s or 16’s getting vectored-in for a possible shoot down.
            In the meantime someone got the Canadians on the phone and determined that the aircraft was having radio and navigation problems with a very new co-pilot that accidently dialed-in the wrong transponder code.
            Weird things happen.

          • I see.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Sort of, probably, maybe.

  • cmh

    while in prison she can convert to islam and be saved

  • Brett_McS

    I’m sure the Episcopal Church has plenty more entitled, sanctimonious losers to take her place.

  • ontario john

    All she has to do now is announce that she is a lesbian and she can be Archbishop. Or better yet, I bet the united church would have her as moderator.

    • Clausewitz

      Naw, she’s not qualified as moderator for the UCC. I think she still believes in God.

  • Clausewitz

    This is what happens when you do more than four communions a day.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I’ve got to say that down here the ONLY way you can get charged for killing someone with a car is if the driver is drunk or on drugs. Anything else the driver isn’t charged.

  • Tom Forsythe

    Manslaughter is such a sexist term.

    • Clausewitz

      Aye, but it is the Feminist wet dream.

      • Tom Forsythe

        Wet dream is also sexist.

        • Clausewitz

          Lol. A white conservative male just can’t win.

          • Tom Forsythe

            Now you’re getting it.

  • simus1

    Shouldn’t that first word in the headline be “Bonebreaking”?