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No Verdict From Philadelphia Priest-Abuse Jury

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia jury is set to return for a 12th day of deliberations Wednesday in a novel clergy-abuse case, but there’s been no word the panel is at a stalemate.

The case is the first in the country in which a Roman Catholic church official is charged over his handling of abuse complaints.

Prosecutors say Monsignor William Lynn conspired to endanger children by taking part in an alleged cover-up. Lynn served as secretary for clergy at the Philadelphia archdiocese from 1992 to 2004.

The Rev. James Brennan is charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996.

The jury has been deliberating since June 1.

Seven men and five women are on the jury. They include a federal court clerk, a gospel singer and a graduate student.

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