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Judge rules Cardinal Bevilacqua should give videotaped deposition

November 18, 2011

A Pennsylvania judge has ruled that retired Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua should testify in the trial of his former assistant, Msgr. William Lynn. But Judge Teresa Sarmina said that the elderly cardinal could give videotaped testimony, recorded in his own home, rather than requiring him to make a courtroom appearance.

Prosecutors have sought the cardinal’s testimony, while his lawyers have argued that Bevilacqua is unable to give evidence because, at the age of 88, he suffers from dementia.

The cardinal’s videotaped deposition has been scheduled for November 28.


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