June 28, 2018
By Matt Miller
A high Roman Catholic Church official facing a retrial on charges that he helped hide child-sex crimes by priests failed Thursday to convince a state appeals court to completely dismiss the case against him.
The Superior Court panel, in an opinion by Judge Jack A. Panella, rejected Monsignor William Lynn’s claims that Philadelphia prosecutors committed deliberate misconduct at his first trial in 2012 by presenting testimony from an accuser they knew was lying.
Lynn, former secretary for clergy of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, claimed the prosecution concealed from his attorneys the fact that an investigator uncovered inconsistencies in the grand jury testimony of an accuser who said he was molested by another priest when he was in fifth grade at a parish school. Lynn was in charge of investigating sexual misconduct allegations against clergy and determining assignments for accused priests.
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