No house arrest for convicted Philadelphia cleric
July 05, 2012
A Philadelphia judge has refused to allow Msgr. William Lynn to be kept under house arrest pending his sentencing, saying that he must remain in prison.
After Msgr. Lynn, a former Philadelphia archdiocesan official, was convicted on charges of endangering children, his lawyers asked Judge Teresa Sarmina to release him from prison. House arrest would be appropriate, they argued, because the priest was not a flight risk or a danger to the community. Judge Sarmina rejected the arguments.
The judge did, however, move up the date for Msgr. Lynn's sentencing, from August 13 to July 24.
- Judge denies convicted monsignor's bid for house arrest (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Philadelphia judge weighing house arrest for convicted priest (CWN, 6/27)
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