US monsignor seeks release from prison to await sentencing as lawyers plan appeal

Edmonton Journal

By Maryclaire Dale, The Associated Press June 30, 2012

PHILADELPHIA – Lawyers for the first U.S. Roman Catholic church official ever charged for his handling of sex abuse claims will push to have him released on house arrest before his sentencing for felony child endangerment.

Lawyers for Monsignor William Lynn plan to argue Thursday that he has a good chance of having his conviction thrown out on appeal.

The 61-year-old priest has been held since he was convicted June 22. He faces up to seven years in prison at his sentencing in August.

Lynn oversaw clergy abuse complaints at the Philadelphia archdiocese from 1992 to 2004.

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