PHILADELPHIA PRIEST TRIAL: JURY REACHES SPLIT VERDICT IN CASE OF MONSIGNOR WILLIAM LYNN
Monsignor William Lynn, a Roman Catholic church official, was convicted Friday of childendangerment but acquitted of conspiracy in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse trial, becoming the firstUS church official convicted of a crime for how he handled abuse claims. Lynn, 61, helped thearchdiocese keep predators in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes theirpriests were being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspectingchurches. The jury could not agree on a verdict for Lynn's co-defendant, the Rev. JamesBrennan, who was accused of sexually abusing a 14 year old boy.