Catching up on courts: Sandusky & Lynn trials
June 22, 2012
The nation’s courtrooms are always providing newsworthy cases and verdicts, and recent weeks have been full of important legal battles. The U.S. Supreme Court has been keeping the media, political, legal, medical and other sectors in suspense waiting for its ruling on the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare,” as well as a verdict on Arizona’s immigration law. The government suffered two high-profile losses when former Sen. John Edwards and retired pitcher Roger Clemens were exonerated. Closer to home, Pennsylvanians have been riveted by the trial of former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, charged with sexual abuse of several young boys. A jury remains deadlocked in the trial of Philadelphia Archdiocese Monsignor William Lynn and the Rev. James Brennan, the former accused of failing to protect parishioners from abusive priests like the latter is accused of being. Joining us to help make sense of these high-profile trials and what they tell us is EDWARD D. OHLBAUM, a professor at Temple Law. We’ll also hear from GENARO C. ARMAS, an Associated Press reporter who’s been covering the Sandusky trial. And we’ll call out to MONICA YANT KINNEY, a Philadelphia Inquirer Metro columnist who’s been writing about the trial of Monsignor Lynn and Father Brennan.