The Philly verdict is in!
A guilty on the child endangerment charge against Monsignor William Lynn:
22 June 2012: Lynn guilty in clergy sex-abuse trial
The Monsignor was acquitted on the conspiracy charge.
The jury was deadlocked on the charges against Father James Brennan.
But, a guilty on child endangerment against Monsignor Lynn. A precedent is set. Important.
Will the cash-strapped archdiocese appeal the verdict? Heaven only knows how much has already been spent to pay the four lawyers who mounted Lynn’s defence. Are they going to dip into the depleted diocesan coffers for more?
We shall see. I don’t think it would wise or, for that matter, prudent, but, who knows?
No matter. I feared there was going to be a hung jury on all the Lynn charges. This is welcome news. Monsignor William Lynn: guilty of child endangerment. A criminal.
I feel badly for the complainant who testified that he had been sexually abused by Father James Brennan. Were some jurors swayed by defence arguments that he was only after money and that became the hang-up? It will be interesting to see what the jurors have to say, and to learn how many were ready to vote guilty. And, I wonder will the case be sent back to trial? I hope it is.
I have a few bits and pieces of information to add regarding Fathers Daniel Miller and Patrick Slaney and ex-priest Patrick Callaghan. I was working on that when news of the Philly verdict came in. I will get back at that.
Yesterday I mentioned a thunderstorm rolling in. Well, it wasn’t much of a thunder-storm after all, but barely had I started shutting down my computer than off went the power, then it was back on, and then it was off again, and on again. Fortunately, nothing lost and no damage done 🙂
Enough for now,