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Jury deliberations could begin Friday in landmark abuse trial of two priests
Catholic Monsignor William Lynn faces accusations that he failed to keep priests accused of sexual abuse away from minors.
May 31st, 2012
10:37 PM ET

Jury deliberations could begin Friday in landmark abuse trial of two priests

By Sarah Hoye, CNN

Philadelphia (CNN) - Preposterous. Disgraceful. Shameful. Absurd. Ridiculous.

Those are words Assistant District Attorney Patrick Blessington used in court Thursday to describe the behavior of Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric to be charged with child endangerment in the landmark child sexual abuse and conspiracy trial in which he and another Philadelphia priest are defendants.

"He actually looked you in the eye and said he put victims first. How dare he?" Blessington asked jurors during his more than two-and-a-half-hour closing argument.

"The hero," Blessington yelled before turning to Lynn and pointing. "That's what you saw, our hero here, endanger kids."

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- CNN's Laura Koran

Filed under: Catholic Church • Christianity • Courts • Pennsylvania • Sex abuse

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