Jury Hung in Philly Priest Sex Abuse Case
Twelve days later, and the jury in the priest sex abuse case can’t come up with a ruling on 4 of 5 charges. Via ABC News:
PHILADELPHIA – June 20, 2012 (WPVI) — A jury deliberating a sex abuse trial involving a high-ranking official in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been ordered to deliberate further to overcome a stalemate on four of the five charges.
Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina told jurors she might let them rehear portions of testimony from the two accusers if it would help them reach consensus.
That suggestion from the judge led lawyer William Brennan to move for a mistrial on behalf of his client, the Rev. James Brennan. The judge denied his motion. The jury had earlier asked to rehear that testimony but was turned down.
It’s also noted that it may take days to rehear some testimony that took place during the trial. Lynn is the first priest to be accused of a sex abuse-related crime without having physically partaken.