Jury reaches decision in Philadelphia church child sex abuse trial

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Posted: Jun 22, 2012 1:33 PM
Jury reaches decision in Philadelphia church child sex abuse trial

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The jury reached a final decision in the Philadelphia Archdiocese child sex abuse trial on Friday, its 13th day of deliberating the fate of the highest ranking U.S. church official to go to trial in the Roman Catholic Church scandal, court officials said.

Court spokesman Frank Keel sent an email to Reuters that initially said the jury had reached a verdict in the child endangerment and conspiracy trial of Monsignor William Lynn. It was expected to be read at 2 p.m. EDT in Common Pleas Court in Philadelphia.

Moments later, Keel sent a second "clarification" email saying the jury, which had days earlier said it was deadlocked on all but one of five counts against Lynn and another priest, had reached a decision.

"A decision is in; I do not know the outcome," said Keel in the second email.

(Reporting by Dave Warner; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Vicki Allen)