Philly district attorney says he’ll retry newly-freed Monsignor Lynn


PhillyVoice Contributor

On the day that Msgr. William J. Lynn got out of jail, District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced he would retry the priest for allegedly endangering the welfare of children.

Today, Lynn’s sister and brother-in-law showed up at the State Correctional Institute at Waymart, in Northeast Pennsylvania, where Lynn has served 33 months out of his minimum 36-month sentence, to pick up the monsignor and drive him to their home in Reading.

About 145 miles south of the prison, at the Criminal Justice Center in Center City Philadelphia, Common Pleas Court Judge Gwendolyn N. Bright set bail at 10 percent of $250,000 for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s former secretary for clergy, while he awaits a retrial next year.

Lynn’s lawyer, Thomas A. Bergstrom, said the district attorney’s decision will waste taxpayers’ money, and doesn’t make much sense from a legal standpoint.

“He’s hell-bent to retry the case,” Bergstrom said of Williams. “For some reason, he continues to want to beat on [Lynn].”

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