By Steve Tawa
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Closing arguments got underway on Thursday in the landmark clergy sexual abuse case with Monsignor William Lynn charged with endangering children by allowing dangerous priests to remain in ministry.READ MORE: SEPTA Union President Releases Video Warning Its Members To Prepare For Possible Strike
Defense lawyer Thomas Bergstrom told jurors like the play and movie ’12 Angry Men’, this case was about reasonable doubt. He said it comes down to the power and authority that lead defendant Monsignor William Lynn had to remove priests who abused children.
Bergstrom told jurors prosecutors want them to convict Lynn for documenting the abuse.READ MORE: Overnight Shooting In Fairhill Neighborhood Critically Injures 32-Year-Old, Police Say
The defense says the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua had the final say on priest’s placements.
During the three days that Lynn was on the stand, Bergstrom said he counted how many times Assistant DA Patrick Blessington accused Lynn of lying but he stopped at 14.
The prosecution alleges Lynn failed to act to protect children from two dangerous priests, co-defendant James Brennan, who pleaded not guilty and another Edward Avery, who pleaded guilty just before the trial started.MORE NEWS: Flames Rip Through Casale Di Maggio Restaurant In Perkasie