Grandstanding D.A. Pledges To Keep Monsignor In Jail

Big Trial

By Ralph Cipriano

Last week, a panel of three state Superior Court judges overturned the conviction of Msgr. William J. Lynn and ordered a new trial for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s former secretary for clergy.

But Lynn isn’t getting out of jail anytime soon. For at least the next month, he’ll continue to work as the prison librarian at SCI-Waymart for 19 cents an hour while lawyers back in Philadelphia continue to do battle over his case.

Standing in the way of Lynn’s release is Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams. At a press conference today, the D.A. announced he was appealing the decision by the panel of judges to the entire state Superior Court. Williams requested an “en banc” re-argument of the case before all nine judges on the appeals court, rather than just a three-judge panel. If he gets turned down, the district attorney pledged, he’ll appeal to the state Supreme Court, where the D.A. has a winning track record.

The Superior Court reversed Lynn’s conviction in 2013 and Lynn got out of jail. The D.A. appealed. The state Supreme Court promptly reversed the reversal and Lynn was sent back to jail at the D.A.’s request.

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