A Superior Court Panel’s ruling that reverses the conviction of Monsignor William Lynn on charges that he sent predator priests to parishes in the Diocese of Philadelphia, where they were again in contact with children, is met with outrage. Karen Polesir is the Spokesperson for the Philadelphia region of The Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests or Snap.
“He knew what he was doing. He claimed he was doing it because he was told to do it. He’s a grownup and he’s supposed to be an ethical man, so when you are told to put children in harms way, you can say no.”
Polesir is asking people to protest the decision and urges Philadelphia D.A. Seth Williams to appeal the decision. Lynn’s attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, maintains that an injustice occurred when Lynn was convicted. Bergstrom says, Lynn is an innocent man. Lynn served 18 months of a 3 to 6 year prison term.
The former chairman of the Republican Party in Montgomery County will be tried on rape charges. 66-year-old Robert Kerns was in court yesterday and stared straight ahead as the victim took the stand for almost 45-minutes describing how Kerns allegedly sexually assaulted her. His attorney had nothing to say after the preliminary hearing other than not guilty. Kerns will be in Montgomery County court next month for a formal arraignment on rape charges.
The Upper Gwynedd Commissioners have approved a budget for next year that more than doubles property taxes. That's an increase of about $140 for the average taxpayer. The budget also includes a 15% increase in sewer rates. That translates into almost $50 for the average consumer. The budget also continues the homestead exemption allowing qualified homeowners to shield $30,000 of the assessed value of their home from taxation.
Two friends who went on a robbery spree in Bucks and Montgomery Counties are now bunking at a state prison. Law enforcement officials say 39-year-old Phil Prokop of North Wales and 23-year-old Ryan Wiley of Doylestown stole more than one-and-a-half million dollars worth of loot during burglaries at homes and businesses. Wiley will spend at least five years behind bars while Prokop drew a sentence of no less than three years in jail.