Jurors break for long weekend in priest abuse trial in Phila.
PHILADELPHIA - June 7, 2012 (WPVI) -- For Msgr. William Lynn and co-defendant Rev. James Brennan, there will be no verdict until Monday at the earliest.
After a fourth full day of deliberations, the jury in the priest sex abuse trial is getting Friday off because jury members are to attend family-related graduation ceremonies.
Lynn faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly failing to keep suspected pedophile priests out of parish posts with regular access to children.
Because Lynn was the clergy secretary for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, the outcome of this trial is being watched all the way to the Vatican.
"This is the first time anybody has been charged with criminal charges for covering up child abuse. And this is a remarkable moment, but it's also one that has all the bishops in the country concerned," said legal expert Marci Hamilton.
Rev. Brennan is also charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old altar boy back in 1996. He denies any improper behavior.
Msgr. Lynn claims he was power in the wake of orders from the late archbishop, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua.
Jurors will return to the courtroom Monday afternoon. So far there are no signs that a verdict is near.
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