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Jury in Philly priest-abuse case returns Thursday

PHILADELPHIA - There will be no verdict until at least tomorrow in a landmark priest-abuse case in Philadelphia.

The jury finished its seventh day of deliberations yesterday without resolving the fates of a Roman Catholic priest charged with attempted rape and the church official who supervised him. The jury has a day off today.

Frustration is spilling over as the three-month trial drags on.

The jury has asked for frequent replays of the trial testimony, and help interpreting the law.

Defense lawyer William Brennan said the judge needs to tell the jury to do its job.

The Rev. James Brennan, who's no relation to his lawyer, is also charged with child endangerment.

Monsignor William Lynn, the longtime secretary for clergy in Philadelphia, is charged with conspiracy and child endangerment.

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