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Prosecutor seeks rehearing in Catholic church abuse case

29 December 2015, 19:04

Philadelphia — Philadelphia's district attorney has asked a state appeals court to take another look at the case of a Roman Catholic church official whose conviction over his handling of sex-abuse cases was overturned last week.

Monsignor William Lynn has been imprisoned intermittently since his 2012 trial and remains in custody.

District Attorney Seth Williams on Monday asked the full state Superior Court to hear the case. A three-judge panel of the same court ruled 2-1 a week ago to award Lynn a new trial.

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The panel said the trial judge erred in allowing weeks of testimony from 21 accusers to show how the Philadelphia Archdiocese handled sex-abuse complaints.

Williams says he'll appeal the finding to the state Supreme Court if necessary.

Lynn's attorney says "at some point it just seems to be a little much."

- AP

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