Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, who died on 1/31/12 at 88, testified on videotape late last year about the church’s handling of sex-abuse allegations against priests in the Philadelphia Archdiocese during his 15-year-tenure as its leader. The tape of the cardinal answering questions from prosecutors and defense lawyers may now be admitted at trial, experts say.
However, Bevilacqua’s lengthy grand-jury testimony about the same
events likely will not be admissible because defense lawyers were
unable to cross-examine him at that time; Defendants have a constitutional right to confront and question potential witnesses.
For full article see: Bevilacqua’s taped testimony last year could be heard at priests’ trial | Philadelphia Inquirer.