Jurors Still Weighing Fate of Accused Priests in Philadelphia Clergy Sex Abuse Trial
By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Jury deliberations continued today in the Philadelphia clergy sexual abuse case, with no new communication from the jury to the judge.
The panel of seven women and five men is considering a total of five charges against Monsignor William Lynn and Father James Brennan. Lynn is charged with endangering children while serving a secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Brennan is charged with molesting a child.
It’s been a long deliberation at the end of a long trial. This 11th day of deliberations is also the 86th day since the jury started hearing opening statements and the first witnesses back on March 26th.
During deliberations, the jury has had more than two dozen questions or requests for documents.
Lynn is accused of failing to remove from ministry priests suspected of previous sexual or other inappropriate conduct with minors. Father James Brennan, one of those priests, later allegedly sexually assaulted another teen. A third man, defrocked priest Edward Avery, pleaded guilty to child abuse just before the trial began.
Stay tuned to KYW Newsradio 1060 for updates on the jury deliberations as they are announced.