June 20th, 2012
01:44 PM ET

Report: Jury deadlocked on 4 counts in Pa. priest sex abuse case

The jury in a Philadelphia priest sex abuse case told a judge Wednesday that they are unable to reach a verdict on four of the five charges, CNN affiliate KYW reports.

In a note to Judge Teresa Sarmina, the panel said that it has developed "firm, fixed opinions" and "entrenched positions" among its members, making it unable to return verdicts, according to KYW.

The judge said she will offer the jurors some additional or clarifying remarks if they would find that helpful, according to KYW.

Monsignor William Lynn is considered the first high-ranking church official to be charged in the three-month-long trial.

Lynn is accused of knowingly allowing dangerous priests to continue in the ministry in roles in which they had access to children. Also on trial is the Rev. James Brennan, who is accused of the attempted rape of a 14-year-old. Both Brennan and Lynn have pleaded not guilty.

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    WHY does CNN offer a link to a page that says "NOT FOUND: the page you want doesn't exist"???
    Fix it.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • drwho13

      Lets do it all over again, and take some more of the RCC's money (people's money).

      June 20, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Oh, I'm mistaken: it says "NOT FOUND Sorry, but you are looking for something that doesn't exist."
    That's ever so much better.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Makaveli

    It has been removed. Can a page go missing on its own ???

    June 20, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    Thanks, Mary!

    June 20, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary


    June 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    Time for professional jurors.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mary

    Thank for your post @ snapjudy ... 🙂 I been to your site and applaud the work your doing for all the victims

    June 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I absolutely cannot STAND it when the victim gets put on trial, also.
    In this case, it's Brennan's attorney who said "I can't believe you would ruin this man's life. This man (thr victim) will say anything to get what he wants".
    The victim is a former Marine who cried on the stand when recounting the abuse that the priest had visited upon him.
    That lawyer should be indicted for having no soul.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Caster Plaster

    Priests are h0m0s3xuals. Catholics are dumb.

    June 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      straights aren't celibate either...nice generalization of nothing....

      June 20, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      hey, glad we cleared that up mmmmm?

      June 20, 2012 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      @Matt...apparently cnn is elated about the clearings, too

      June 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      not in agreement...just cleared @matt...gay refers to an activity...a celibate gay would make one straight

      June 21, 2012 at 7:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. Greek American

    Is Sandusky on this jury? The Pope maybe?

    June 20, 2012 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |