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State high court asked to reject appeal in priest abuse case

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 23, 2016 2:36 AM
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(Philadelphia) -- Attorneys for a Roman Catholic church official are asking the state Supreme Court to reject prosecutors' appeal of a decision granting him a new trial. 

Monsignor William Lynn's attorneys have called the request "breathtakingly dishonest.''  

The 65-year-old Lynn is the first U.S. church supervisor ever arrested over his role in the alleged cover-up of priest sexual abuse.

A Philadelphia jury found in 2012 that he endangered an altar boy by sending a known pedophile priest to the boy's parish in the late 1990s. 

The Superior Court has twice thrown out the conviction, saying Lynn was wrongly charged or didn't get a fair trial.

He has served more than two years of a three- to six-year sentence and another 16 months of house arrest.  

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