Jury Deliberations Resume In Clergy Sex Abuse Trial
By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Jury deliberations resumed Monday morning in the clergy sexual abuse case.
Monsignor William Lynn is charged with endangering children by allowing dangerous priests in ministry. A co-defendant, Father James Brennan, is charged with sexually assaulting a teen in 1996. Both have pleaded not guilty.
The jury, which got the case on Friday, deliberated a couple of hours and then submitted a list of requests. The judge will re-define charges and the panel is seeking documents, including the so-called shredding memo, a church archive memo documenting the apparent destruction of a list of admitted and suspected predator priests compiled by Monsignor William Lynn and allegedly ordered shredded by the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.
The prosecution alleges copies of the list were destroyed and the original hidden as part of a cover-up by Lynn and other church officials.
The defense contends Lynn compiled the list to try to address the problem and there’s no evidence he was part of a shredding conspiracy.