Philadelphia's District Attorney Seth Williams is urging the state's highest court to consider an appeal of Msgr. William Lynn's case, arguing that an appeals court decision ordering a new trial was "embarrassingly unjustified" and that the reasoning "simply makes no sense."Philly DA asks Pa. Supreme Court to deny new trial for Msgr. Lynn — NewsWorks
Williams has been on a losing streak in state appeals courts, and the latest filing to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court represents the last chance he has to keep the conviction of Lynn, who was the first Catholic Church official nationwide to be convicted for covering up sexual abuse by clergy.
In December, a three-judge appellate court ordered a new trial for Lynn because of what the majority said was bad evidence presented at trial. In particular, the judges found most of the prosecutors' 21 examples of the Philadelphia Archdiocese covering up child sex abuse had nothing to do with Lynn. In fact, some of the evidence dated back to the 1940s, decades before Lynn became a church official in charge of priest assignments. Some of the other priests prosecutors cited were not under the direct supervision of Lynn. The court found that he was being unfairly blamed for systemic corruption.
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