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Lawyers to seek house-arrest status for Msgr. Lynn in Philadelphia abuse case

Catholic World News - June 26, 2012

Lawyers for Msgr. William Lynn, who was convicted last week of endangering children, will ask a Philadelphia court to allow him to live under house arrest pending a likely appeal.

Judge Teresa Sarmina, who presided over Msgr. Lynn’s trial, refused to allow the former Philadelphia archdiocesan official to be released on bail after his conviction, instead ordering him taken directly to a prison facility. Defense lawyers objected vigorously, noting that it is highly unusual for a first-time offender to be summarily imprisoned and arguing that Msgr. Lynn does not pose a threat to the community or a flight risk.

Judge Sarmina indicated that she would entertain a defense proposal for Msgr. Lynn to remain under house arrest.

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