PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Roman Catholic monsignor could leave prison after 18 months after a Pennsylvania appeals court reversed his unusual conviction in the clergy-abuse scandal.
Monsignor William Lynn is the first church official ever convicted over his handling of abuse claims. However, an appeals court has thrown out his case, saying he was tried under a child-endangerment law that didn't apply to him.
His lawyers will be in court Monday to ask Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina to release the 62-year-old priest.
Lynn is the former secretary for clergy in the Philadelphia archdiocese, a post he held from 1992-2004.
His lawyers have long argued that prosecutors applied a 2007 law retroactively to indict him. But Sarmina upheld the charges.
Philadelphia prosecutors vow to appeal last week' decision and restore Lynn's conviction.
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