Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bail Hearing Set for Church Cleric

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Bail Hearing Set for Church Cleric

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PHILADELPHIA -- Lawyers for a Roman Catholic church official will demand his immediate release from prison Monday after an appeals court overturned his conviction in a novel priest-abuse case aimed squarely at the church hierarchy in Philadelphia.

Monsignor William Lynn, 62, is the first Catholic official ever prosecuted over his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints. He has served 18 months of the 3- to 6-year sentence handed down by a judge who said he helped predators remain in ministry, endangering new victims.

But the Superior Court threw out the conviction Thursday, ruling that the state's child-endangerment law did not apply in the late 1990s to supervisors like Monsignor Lynn. The Superior Court said the case never should have been filed.

Prosecutors on Monday will seek to keep Monsignor Lynn, the former clergy secretary for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, in prison while they appeal the Superior Court's ruling.

The defense has long argued that Monsignor Lynn was charged retroactively under a 2007 law that broadened the scope of the child- endangerment law to include those who supervise predators.

Man pleads guilty to terror

LOS ANGELES -- A California man who used the Internet and Facebook to connect with al-Quaida pleaded guilty Friday to a federal terrorism charge after admitting he attempted to assist al- Qaida by providing weapons training, the U.S. attorney's office said.

Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, 24, of Garden Grove unexpectedly entered the plea before U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter, who scheduled sentencing for March 21, prosecutors said in a statement. Mr. Nguyen faces a maximum of 15 years in federal prison.

Mr. Nguyen had confessed to federal agents after he was unmasked by an undercover FBI agent posing as a recruiter for the terrorist group. …

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