Priest Abuse Scandal and Trial

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Priest Abuse Complaints Allege Concealment By Stradley Ronon
The Legal Intelligencer
September 19, 2012

While the law firm Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young is not a named defendant in eight civil lawsuits in which plaintiffs allege sexual abuse by Catholic priests, some of the complaints claim that the law firm assisted the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in efforts to conceal sexual misconduct by its clergy. Full Text

New Judge to Preside Over Priest Abuse Trial
The Legal Intelligencer
September 10, 2012

While a new judge will be presiding over the trial of the co-defendants in the Philadelphia priest sexual-abuse trial, observers of the criminal justice system expect that she will handle the case well. Full Text

The Statute of Limitations: Justice for All
The Legal Intelligencer
August 7, 2012

For more than 16 months, Pennsylvania legislators have been pushing for a law that would provide victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to file civil suits or criminal complaints against their alleged abusers. The proposal would actually eliminate the statute of limitations for criminal prosecutions and extend the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits an additional 20 years. Full Text

Lynn Denied Release While Appeal of Conviction Pending
The Legal Intelligencer Blog
August 7, 2012

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina denied Monsignor William J. Lynn's release on bail during the appeal of his conviction of endangering a 10-year-old boy sexually abused by a priest who Lynn recommended to live in the boy's parish. Full Text

Lynn Sentenced to Three to Six Years in State Prison
The Legal Intelligencer Blog
July 25, 2012

Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first Catholic Church official in the country to be charged with harming sexual-abuse victims whose abuse he was responsible for investigating, was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in state prison. Full Text

DA Decides to Retry Lynn's Co-Defendant
The Legal Intelligencer Blog
July 23, 2012

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office has decided to retry James J. Brennan, the former priest who was tried along with Monsignor William J. Lynn in the nation’s first trial of a Catholic Church official on allegations of not using his authority to keep children from harm from sexual abuse by priests. Full Text

Pre-Sentencing House Arrest For Lynn Denied by Judge
The Legal Intelligencer
July 6, 2012

Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina denied a request to release Monsignor William J. Lynn on house arrest while he awaits sentencing. Full Text

For Now, Judge Holds Off on Lynn's Request for House Arrest
The Legal Intelligencer
June 27, 2012

In the wake of Monsignor William J. Lynn's conviction Friday of endangering the welfare of a child and Lynn's bail being revoked, Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina said during a hearing Tuesday that she would consider releasing Lynn on house arrest if Lynn would waive his right to fight extradition and if it could be established that the Vatican would honor such a waiver. Full Text

Lynn Found Guilty on One Count; DA Mulls Brennan Retrial
The Legal Intelligencer
June 25, 2012

Philadelphia's top prosecutor said that a jury's verdict Friday on one of four charges brought against the first Catholic Church official to be criminally prosecuted for placing children in proximity with sexually abusive priests when he did not directly abuse the children would change how religious and secular institutions deal with sexual abuse. Full Text

Deadlocked Jury Told to Keep Working in Priest Abuse Trial
The Legal Intelligencer
June 21, 2012

After 11 days of deliberation, more than 1,900 exhibits and more than two months of testimony, the jury in the Philadelphia priest sex-abuse trial reported late Wednesday morning that they have reached unanimity on one charge but that they have not been able to agree on four other charges. Full Text

On Day 8 of Deliberations, Priest Sex-Abuse Trial Jurors Ask About Intent, Conspiracy
The Legal Intelligencer
June 14, 2012

As jurors in the Philadelphia priest sex-abuse trial ended their eighth day of deliberations, they asked the trial judge that if endangering the welfare of a child was the result of criminal conspiracy, does that crime have to have been the intent of participants in the conspiracy. Full Text

Sharp Exchange Between Lawyers Marks Day Seven of Priest Abuse Trial Deliberations
The Legal Intelligencer
June 12, 2012

At the end of the seventh day of jury deliberations in the Philadelphia priest sex-abuse trial, the jury asked for an alleged sex-abuse victim’s two-day testimony to be read back to them, as well as the alleged victim’s mother’s testimony and the interview done by a church investigator with the priest who allegedly abused M.B. The Legal is not naming alleged victims. Full Text

Day 7: Attorneys Argue Over Giving Church Trial Testimony to Jury
The Legal Intelligencer
June 12, 2012

When the jury deliberating for the seventh day on the Philadelphia priest sex-abuse trial asked for the canonical trial testimony of alleged victim M.B., defense attorney William Brennan said the testimony should not be given nor read to the jury.Full Text

More Questions, No Verdict in Phila. Priest Sex-Abuse Trial
The Legal Intelligencer
June 11, 2012

As jurors in the Philadelphia priest sex-abuse trial undertook a half-day of deliberations, they asked three questions. Full Text

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