Judge Teresa Sarmina
Convicted Philadelphia murderer Terrance Williams is no longer on Death Row.
The execution of a Philadelphia man could be stopped.
Lawyers for Philadelphia Monsignor William Lynn, the first Roman Catholic cleric in the United States to be convicted of child endangerment for his role in the clergy abuse scandal, will be in court Tuesday morning seeking to free him from prison.
It has become apparent that priests suspected of preying on children were shuffled, for decades, from one parish to another in the Philadelphia archdiocese.
A Philadelphia judge today rejected a defense motion that she remove herself from the pending clergy child sex abuse case because of bias.
A Philadelphia judge has ruled that evidence of alleged “prior bad acts” can be admitted in the upcoming child sex abuse trial of three Catholic clergymen.
The prosecution alleges these “prior bad acts” show a pattern of conduct by the church that contributed to the criminal conduct of defendant Msgr. William Lynn.
At this point, a trial is scheduled in March for a high-ranking monsignor and three current or former priests, but Judge Lillian Ransom has ruled former Catholic school teacher Bernard Shero should get a separate trial, after the proceeding for his former co-defendants.
A Philadelphia judge says Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua will testify in the Catholic sex abuse scandal involving priests and leaders within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia — but he may or not end up on the witness stand.