Judge Who Oversaw Philadelphia Grand Jury in Priest Abuse Cases Resigns

Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes, who oversaw the Philadelphia grand jury proceedings that led to the indictment of three Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, has submitted her letter of resignation. No reason was given for her abrupt resignation. Judge Hughes was serving her second 10 year term on the Court of Common Pleas.
The Philadelphia grand jury which she oversaw resulted in the criminal indictments of Monsignor William Lynn, a high ranking Archdiocesan official. Lynn’s indictment marked the first time a Catholic Church official has been indicted for allowing the sexual abuse of minors in the United States.