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12 jurors seated for Philly priest sex abuse trial

Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monsignor William Lynn, the Secretary for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

Monsignor William Lynn, the Secretary for Clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia under Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua, is charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

An assistant restaurant manager has become the 12th juror seated in the landmark case about how the Archdiocese of Philadelphia dealt with priests accused of molesting children.

The 12th juror was chosen Wednesday. The six men and six women are expected to hear evidence for about four months. Ten alternates will also sit through the trial.

Monsignor William Lynn is accused of endangering children by transferring two accused priests to new parishes. The 61-year-old Lynn has pleaded not guilty and blames the late Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua for hiding the problem.

The Rev. James Brennan and defrocked priest Edward Avery are charged with rape.

Brennan seems to be enjoying the jury selection process, frequently laughing along with lawyers. Lynn has been mostly somber.

Testimony is set to start March 26.

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