Awaiting new trial, Msgr. William Lynn to be paroled Oct. 16


by Joseph A. Slobodzian, STAFF WRITER

As he awaits a possible retrial, Msgr. William J. Lynn will be paroled Oct. 16 after three years in prison for his now-overturned conviction in the Catholic clergy sex abuse case.

In a motion filed Wednesday for Lynn’s immediate release on bail, defense lawyer Thomas A. Bergstrom wrote that Lynn, 65, learned last week from the state Board of Probation and Parole that he will be paroled effective Oct. 16.

Bergstrom wrote that Lynn should be released on his original bail of $250,000, adding that the parole board’s decision “was a recognition that he was not a danger to the community.”

Philadelphia Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright set a hearing on the motion for Tuesday.

Lynn’s bail motion followed Tuesday’s ruling by Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court rebuffing the district attorney’s appeal of December’s new-trial order by Superior Court.

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