Day 10 without a Verdict

By Ralph Cipriano
Philadelphia Priest Abuse Trial Blog
June 18, 2012

The jury in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sex abuse trial deliberated for a tenth day Monday without reaching a verdict.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina sent the jury home shortly after 4 p.m. They asked no questions. The jurors did not appear angry, as some reporters have previously noted, but they weren't smiling either as they were dismissed for the day.

Meanwhile, the bored press corps staking out Courtroom 304 was entertained by Pat Ciarrocchi of CBS 3 Eyewitness News. Ciarrocchi, employing her dramatic broadcast voice, read horoscopes from the Philadelphia Daily News for the court crier and several reporters on hand. Sadly, there were no predictions about any pending dramatic announcements.

Victims' advocates, however, who attend the trial daily, saw a silver lining. At least the jury wasn't telling the judge that they were deadlocked.

Outside the Criminal Justice Center, TV camera crews and news photographers chased Msgr. William J. Lynn, his lawyers, and Lynn's relatives down Filbert Street.

Just another day at the sex abuse trial. Jury deliberations are scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.


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