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Lawyers seek jurors for Philly priest abuse trial

Lawyers seek jurors for Philly priest abuse trial; monsignor charged with endangering children By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' About 150 potential jurors will be questioned next week about their ability to spend several months hearing a landmark priest sex abuse case in Philadelphia.

Lawyers are reviewing jury questionnaires filled out by residents of the heavily Catholic city.

It remains unclear how much they will be asked about their religious beliefs or possible experiences with child sex assault.

Monsignor William Lynn is set to go on trial March 26 on charges he endangered children by keeping predators in ministry.

The Rev. James Brennan and former priest Edward Avery are charged with rape. A judge Thursday will hear Brennan's latest motion to be tried separately.

It could take weeks to find 12 jurors and eight alternates.

Lynn served as secretary of clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese from 1992 to 2004.

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