A church social worker believed a longtime heroin addict was sober when he first accused two priests and a teacher of raping him, although the accuser attributes changes to his story to the fact he was high — and nearly “comatose” — that day.
The trial evidence — a lot of it from the church’s own secret files — exposed sins committed over a period of decades by supposed men of God.
Nine more people have filed suit against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, alleging sexual abuse by priests and a coverup by the archdiocese.
The rape trial of a Roman Catholic priest and a former Catholic school teacher has been rescheduled for next month before a new judge.
In a harshly worded statement, Judge Teresa Sarmina said that Msgr. William Lynn had allowed “monsters” in priestly garb to continue their crimes of assaulting children.
A Philadelphia jury today convicted Msgr. William Lynn on one count of child endangerment. No verdicts were returned regarding a co-defendant in the case, Father James Brennan.
The jury in the Philadelphia priest sex abuse case told the judge on the 12th day of deliberations that they are unable to reach a verdict on four of the five charges in this landmark case.
Monsignor William Lynn is charged with endangering children while serving a secretary for clergy at the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and Father James Brennan is charged with molesting a child.
A Philadelphia jury has failed to reach a verdict after nine days of deliberations in a groundbreaking priest-abuse case.
The jury won’t deliberate this Friday. They’ll resume late on Monday, and won’t work next Wednesday or Friday if they have still not reached verdicts by then.
The jury considering the Philadelphia clergy sexual abuse case posed more questions to the judge on Wednesday.
The jury has requested key documents, explanations of various legal terms and it has parsed the language of the legal charge, focusing on the significance of specific words.
Jurors sought clarification on the word “and” specific to legal issues. Attorneys for the defense and prosecution could not agree on a response.
After all-day closing arguments on Thursday and instructions from the judge on Friday morning, the jury in the landmark clergy child sex abuse case began deliberations.
With over two months of evidence behind them, jurors in the landmark clergy sexual abuse case are scheduled to hear closing arguments today.
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