By Tony Hanson
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A municipal judge today rejected a defense motion to dismiss the child endangerment case against Philadelphia priest Msgr. William Lynn because of newly discovered evidence in the clergy abuse case.READ MORE: Many Travelers Frustrated As Flights Get Canceled, Delayed Across US Ahead Of 4th Of July Weekend
Lynn is charged with endangering children by allowing predator priests to remain in ministry, thereby giving them access to abuse more children.
But the defense cited new evidence — a memo that the late cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered the shredding of a list of problem priests. The defense suggested that Lynn was not “in the loop” of the decision making that protected the priests.READ MORE: Pocono Summit In Monroe County Ranked 15th On Best Cities To Invest In Vacation Rentals List
But the judge has rejected the motion after hearing from the prosecution.
In court, assistant DA Patrick Blessington accused the defense of filing the frivolous motion in a blatant attempt to pollute the jury pool. The defense denied that.
Jury selection began last week. Lynn has pleaded not guilty.MORE NEWS: Wildfire At Brendan T. Byrne State Forest Burns More Than 300 Acres