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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - William Lynn
Philadelphia prosecutors have urged Pennsylvania's highest court to restore the conviction of a Roman Catholic church official in a high-profile child endangerment case.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic church official who won an appeal of his landmark conviction in the priest-abuse scandal has been released from custody after being fitted with an electronic monitoring device.
A jury on Wednesday convicted a priest and teacher in a pivotal church-abuse case that rocked the Philadelphia archdiocese and sent a church official to prison for child endangerment.
A troubled policeman's son who accuses two Roman Catholic priests and a teacher of raping him during boyhood is set to testify at a Philadelphia trial this week — and have his startling claims challenged for the first time.
A Roman Catholic monsignor who became the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up sex abuse claims against priests was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison.
The first U.S. church official convicted of endangering children in the priest-abuse scandal asked Thursday for a probationary sentence, saying he already had experienced months of scrutiny, vilification and shame.
Monsignor William Lynn helped the Archdiocese of Philadelphia keep predator-priests in ministry, and the public in the dark, by telling parishes their priests were being removed for health reasons and then sending the men to unsuspecting churches, prosecutors argued in a landmark clergy-abuse trial.
A landmark sex-abuse trial opening Monday in Philadelphia may unveil the operations of a Roman Catholic archdiocese and detail how children's complaints were buried for decades in secret archives next to a soaring cathedral as the priests they named went unpunished.
A Roman Catholic monsignor charged with protecting two priests accused of rape lost a last-minute bid Monday to be absolved in court as jury selection proceeded in a landmark case in Philadelphia.
President Obama has signed executive orders that lay out how far military commanders around the globe can go in using cyber attacks and other computer-based operations against enemies and as part of routine espionage in other countries.
The Pentagon on Thursday awarded a more than $30 billion contract for its next midair refueling tanker to aerospace giant Boeing, seeking to conclude almost a decade of efforts to buy the new plane and sparking protests from supporters of Boeing's defeated European rival.
The reversal of Lynn's conviction, he added, "calls into doubt the ability of the criminal justice system to hinder such institutional wrongdoing."
He said the trial judge correctly handled the case and said Lynn could have been convicted as an accomplice.