D.A. Wants New Court Hearing on Lynn Case
District Attorney Seth Williams said Monday he will ask the Pennsylvania Superior Court to re-hear arguments in the case of Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking Catholic Church official to be convicted in the church’s sex abuse scandal.
Last week, a 2-1 panel of the court ordered Lynn to receive a new trial in the case, saying that evidence from the church’s “Secret Archive” — material that included evidence of acts that took place decades before Lynn became secretary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia — unfairly tainted his original trial. He was convicted of endangering the welfare of children.
Williams will ask the entire superior court — not just a three-person panel — to hear the appeal.
“We will fight to keep Monsignor Lynn in state custody where he belongs,” Williams said Monday in a released statement.
Lynn has served about two years of a three- to six-year sentence at a state correctional facility outside Scranton.