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  1. Church Official’s Landmark Conviction for Sex Abuse Cover-Up Overturned

    A three-judge panel in Pennsylvania has unanimously overturned Monsignor William Lynn’s 2012 child endangerment conviction for his lax oversight of a child-molesting priest. The panel ruled that the law used to convict Msgr. Lynn – who has spent 18 months in prison – only applied to parents and direct caregivers, not supervisors like Lynn. The conviction had been considered a major landmark in holding not only those priests who engaged in child abuse responsible for their actions, but also in holding accountable those church officials who covered for them. The revocation will not affect legal proceedings in other states.

    Sources: NYT, NPR, CBS Philly

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