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Prosecution Rests in Clergy-Abuse Case

Posted: Updated: May 18, 2012

After nearly eight weeks of tearful testimonies and over a thousand documents, the prosecution in the landmark clergy-abuse case involving the Archdiocese of Philadelphia rested.

The prosecution wrapped their arguments on Thursday, allowing the jury to look through the original documents that were found in a safe located in the archdiocese headquarters.

The documents were encased in a ripped grey folder that was exhumed from the archdiocesan safe in 2006. In the folder were typed and handwritten lists, one of being the list Monsignor William Lynn drafted consisting of about 35 priests who had been guilty or accused of sexual misconduct with children.

Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina also made a decision that greatly affects the defense's case. Sarmina dropped conspiracy charges between Lynn and his co-defendant Rev. James Brennan.

The conspiracy charges linking the two men was the initial reason they were tried together.

The other major charges for both priests still remain. Lynn is charged with endangering the welfare of a child and conspiracy with defrocked priest Edward Avery. Brennan remains on trial for the attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in 1996. Both men have pleaded not guilty.

Avery was originally slated to go on trial with Lynn and Brennan, however he pleaded guilty right before the trial began.

Lynn's defense will begin their direct examination on Tuesday. They are expected to bring in a number of character witnesses. It is still uncertain whether Lynn will take the stand in his own case.

Lynn's defense is expected to last three days, with Brennan's defense beginning the following week.

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