Monday, June 18, 2012

Day 10 Without A Verdict

The jury in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sex abuse trial deliberated for a tenth day Monday without reaching a verdict.

Judge M. Teresa Sarmina sent the jury home shortly after 4 p.m. They asked no questions. The jurors did not appear angry, as some reporters have previously noted, but they weren't smiling either as they were dismissed for the day.

Meanwhile, the bored press corps staking out Courtroom 304 was entertained by Pat Ciarrocchi of CBS 3 Eyewitness News. Ciarrocchi, employing her dramatic broadcast voice, read horoscopes from the Philadelphia Daily News for the court crier and several reporters on hand. Sadly, there were no predictions about any pending dramatic announcements.

Victims' advocates, however, who attend the trial daily, saw a silver lining. At least the jury wasn't telling the judge that they were deadlocked.

Outside the Criminal Justice Center, TV camera crews and news photographers chased Msgr. William J. Lynn, his lawyers, and Lynn's relatives down Filbert Street.

Just another day at the sex abuse trial. Jury deliberations are scheduled to resume at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.


  1. Did any one predict that the deliberations would go on for so long? I am not directly involved in this trial and I am having high anxiety in waiting for the verdict. I can't imagine what the victims and their families are going through. It must be agony.

  2. pbs frontline .org,the silence ,good documentary of the scale of child abuse by the catholic church in st.michaels village alaska.same response from the church .protect and transfer the criminal behaviour.


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