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Philadelphia DA vows to keep priest in jail despite 2nd reversal of conviction

December 29, 2015

Philadelphia district attorney Seth Williams has said that he will fight to keep Msgr. William Lynn in prison, even after an appeals court reversed the priest's conviction. 

Msgr. Lynn, a former vicar for clergy in the Philadelphia archdiocese, was convicted of endangering children in 2012, for having failed to inform police about child-abuse complaints. That conviction was overturned by an appeals court in 2013, then reinstated by Pennsylvania's Supreme Court in April 2015. Earlier this month another appeals court overturned the verdict on different grounds. 

Williams said that he plans to appeal the latest decision, and promised to use every resource of his office to keep Msgr. Lynn behind bars. The priest has already served two years of a three-to-six year prison sentence.


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  • Posted by: samuel.doucette1787 - Dec. 30, 2015 7:45 AM ET USA

    Sounds like Inspector Javert to me.