Judge sets March retrial for Philadelphia priest

The Rev. James J. Brennan walks to the Criminal Justice Center before a scheduled verdict reading, Friday, June 22, 2012, in Philadelphia. Brennan is charged with the attempted rape of a 14-year-old boy in the 1990s. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
August 29, 2012 8:15:58 AM PDT
A Philadelphia priest will remain in legal limbo until 2013 after a judge set a March date for his retrial in a sexual assault case.

Prosecutors are retrying the Rev. James Brennan after the jury deadlocked on attempted rape and child endangerment charges.

The jury acquitted Brennan of conspiring with church officials after a landmark four-month trial that alleged a broad cover-up of abuse complaints at the Philadelphia archdiocese.

A young man accuses Brennan of abusing him in 1996, when Brennan was on leave from the Roman Catholic priesthood.

He will be retried March 6 before a new judge.

His status as a priest is pending with the Vatican.

Another priest abuse trial is set to start next week in the same Philadelphia courthouse.


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