4 Possible Outcomes to Msgr. Lynn’s PA Supreme Court appeal.

Whatever the court decides, more litigation is likely.

At BigTrial.net, reporter Ralph Cipriano writes that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court isn’t the last stop for Monsignor William Lynn, who was convicted of child endangerment in the Catholic sex scandal — but then had that conviction overturned on a technicality earlier this year.

Four scenarios:

— The state Supreme Court could decide to affirm the Superior Court ruling that Lynn’s conviction should be reversed; such a decision would immediately end the case .

— Ronald D. Castile, the state Supreme Court’s chief justice, is scheduled to retire at the end of this year because he is 70 years old, the state’s mandatory retirement age for judges. If the Lynn case doesn’t get to the state Supreme Court before Castille steps down in December, and the remaining six members deadlock 3-3, a tie means the Superior Court ruling would stand.

— The state Supreme Court could decide to reverse the Superior Court. The case would then be remanded back to the Superior Court, which would have to decide on other appeal issues raised by Lynn’s defense lawyers.

— The state Supreme Court could decide that the decision to grant a review in the case was “improvidently granted,” and the Superior Court decision would stand.

Cipriano’s sources say it’s possible the state’s highest court could reach a decision that culminates with two more years of appeals. “It could be unending,” Lynn’s lawyer said. Lynn is certainly entitled to those appeals. But the prospect of continued litigation makes “moving on” from the scandal a remote possibility.

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  • Danno

    The Catholic Church continues to show the world that they care more about their privilege, power and image than they care about the faithfuls children. In Seattle Bishop Sartain lied about his knowledge of a pedophile priest actions. In Minneapolis the hierarchy got caught lying about pedophile priests and the second in command refuses to talk with police. In Milwaukee, Listecki continues his emotional abuse of clergy sexual survivors during bankruptcy, asking all that were abused to come forward for healing and resolution in including fair restitution then spending buckets of the faithfuls money in legal attempts to have all of their cases thrown out, some healing. The Vatican claims it has no responsibility or control of any employee that does not reside in VATICAN city.
    Another whopper of a lie.
    This Church has lost any resemblance to Jesus Christ.
    How very sad.