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.
The defense has rested in the clergy sexual abuse case, and closing arguments are expected tomorrow.
Msgr. William Lynn maintains he was powerless to change the church’s practices for dealing with predator priests. As he put it at one point, he was “not the cardinal archbishop of Philadelphia.”
Prosecutor Patrick Blessington asserted again and again that Monsignor William Lynn has lied — to victims, to parishioners, to nuns and priests, and to the police, all to protect predator priests and to avoid negative publicity and legal action.
Monsignor William Lynn is charged with endangering minors by allowing priests accused of sexually abusing children to remain in ministry.
The prosecution has rested in the landmark clergy abuse case that has rocked the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
A longtime lawyer for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia says the late Roman Catholic cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua and his top aides lied about shredding a key piece of evidence in the clergy-abuse scandal.
The police interview was related to an allegation of abuse two decades earlier by another priest.
Former FBI agent John Rossiter told the jury that Father James Brennan denied the allegations even while admitting there was sex talk, that he had slept in the same bed with the teen, and conceded there could have been unintentional contact while the two slept.