When the jury deliberating for the seventh day on the Philadelphia priest sex-abuse trial asked for the canonical trial testimony of alleged victim M.B., defense attorney William Brennan said the testimony should not be given nor read to the jury.
While Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina agreed with Brennan that a hard copy of the canonical testimony cannot be given to the jury under Pennsylvania Rule of Criminal Procedure 646, Sarmina disagreed that the testimony, while it was not read into evidence to the jury but was admitted into evidence, could not be read to the jury by a court reporter.
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