Jurors in Philadelphia Priest Sex Abuse Trial Ask Questions During Deliberation
By Tony Hanson and Walt Hunter
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The jury in the Philadelphia clergy abuse case continues its work (see previous story). Today, the panel submitted another series of questions about the law as it applies to the charges against Monsignor William Lynn and Father James Brennan, who are on trial.
The jury sought clarification on the attempted rape charge against Brennan, and the jury had a number of questions related to the conspiracy and child endangerment charges against Lynn.
The issues in some respects are complicated and technical.
In response to two questions, for example, jurors sought clarification on the word “and” specific to legal issues. The attorneys for the defense and prosecution could not agree on a response.
Lynn is charged with endangering children by allowing Brennan (who has pleaded not guilty) and another former co-defendant (who pleaded guilty earlier) to remain in ministry despite past alleged sexual or inappropriate conduct with minors.
Teresa Coleman sat in the courtroom, eager to learn the fates of Lynn and Brennan. She says decades ago, two of her own relatives were sexually assaulted by two priests who were never brought to justice.
“I would like to see a truthful and just verdict for the victims,” said Coleman.