D.A. to appeal Superior Court decision to free Msgr. Lynn on bail

Philadelphia Daily News

POSTED: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams is taking an appeals-court ruling to the state Supreme Court in attempt to keep Monsignor William Lynn behind bars.

But Lynn – whose felony child-endangerment conviction was overturned in state Superior Court last week – could walk free any day this week by posting 10 percent of $250,000 bail, which was granted yesterday by Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina.

“We can say with great confidence that the way the Superior Court read this law is not how this law is supposed to work,” Williams said during a news conference yesterday.

“I am disgusted by the ruling of the Superior Court panel that was persuaded by the defense argument that Monsignor Lynn did not have a duty to protect children. I have no doubt that a misguided, wealthy benefactor will pay for his release.”

In June 2012, a jury found that Lynn was solely responsible for allowing pedophile priests to have contact with young boys and shuffling them from parish to parish to keep the abuse quiet.

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