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Bail Hearing Set For Monsignor William Lynn After Reversal

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By Ileana Diaz

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)–After Monsignor William Lynn’s conviction was reversed Thursday morning, members of the Voice of the Faithful are speaking out.

Charles McMahon says,“That’s a disgrace and people of Pennsylvania out to be ashamed of it.”

Another member, Nancy Mortimer O’Brien says, “I think most Catholics and victims would be upset delivering such a wrong message.”

A message many do not agree on.

Lynn was charged with child endangerment and prosecutors argued he reassigned priests to new parishes, including Edward Avery who sexually abused a 10-year-old altar boy.

But after going before a panel of three superior court judges, they say Lynn’s conviction doesn’t stand, upsetting many.

McMahon says, “The man committed what is now defined as a crime right, because they changed the state law so it wasn’t defined as a crime before… so what?”

Lynn was convicted before new state laws, but either way people believe Lynn already had a fair trial.

O’Brien says, “It’s a criminal process. The jury has spoken.”

Now, Lynn will try to get out of prison on bail. The trial judge has set a hearing for Monday.

Should the judge choose to set his bail he could go free, otherwise he would have to stay in prison.

If he is denied on Monday Lynn’s attorney will try to get him out on bail in the superior court and even take this to the Supreme Court.