No verdict yet in Philadelphia Catholic church case
A Philadelphia jury ended a second day of deliberations on Monday without reaching a verdict in the child sex abuse trial of a Roman Catholic monsignor, thehighest ranking U.S. official to stand trial in the church’s wide-ranging pedophilia scandal.
Monsignor William Lynn, who for 12 years as secretary of the clergy supervised hundreds of priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese, is accused of conspiracy and child endangerment.
If convicted on all charges, he faces the possibility of 21 years in prison.
The jury in Common Pleas Court before Judge M. Teresa Sarmina began deliberating on Friday after hearing 10 weeks of testimony in the closely watched trial that has rocked the nation’s sixth largest Archdiocese, with 1.5 million members.
Prosecutors said Lynn, 61, covered up child sex abuse allegations, often by transferring priests to unsuspecting