Questions suggest a Philadelphia jury may be far from a verdict in a groundbreaking clergy-abuse case.
The jury wants transcripts of the church trial of the Rev. James Brennan. He’s charged with trying to rape a teen in 1996. But rules of evidence prevent them from getting the transcript.
Brennan’s 2008 church trial involves the same accuser. His status as a priest is pending at the Vatican.
Monsignor William Lynn is also on trial over his handling of priest-abuse complaints.
The jury has also asked if the behavior underlying child-endangerment charges must be criminal. Both defendants are charged with that crime.
The judge has said the behavior may be criminal, but isn’t always. For instance, not feeding a child is not a crime, but can become one over time.