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Letter: Prosecute Jerold Lindner

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The recent verdict in the William Lynch trial shows how out of touch Santa Clara District Attorney Jeff Rosen is with the people who elected him to office.

The jury found Lynch not guilty of felony assault, felony elder abuse and misdemeanor elder abuse. Only on the single count of misdemeanor assault did they fail to reach agreement and only due to Lynch testifying that he did, in fact, assault Jerold Lindner. He wanted to “take responsibility and be accountable," unlike the Church and "Father Jerry.”

Prosecutor Vicki Gemetti put Lindner on the stand knowing that he would lie and deny the molestation of Lynch and his brother. After perjuring himself and exercising his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination, Linder returned to the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos. There, he lives in comfort with several other accused priests under what can best be described as minimal supervision by untrained staff.

Rosen stated in a recent press conference that “Unfortunately, (Lindner) is beyond the limits of human justice for crimes committed decades ago. However, he is not beyond divine justice for the crimes he committed in this world."

Rosen may be correct that there will never be true justice for the dozens of children Lindner is accused of victimizing as he will never be tried for those crimes. However, Lynch's attorneys have asked that his office charge Lindner with perjury using the same “rule of law” they are so fond of espousing when justifying the overzealous prosecution of their client.

On his website, www.sccgov.org/sites/da/Pages/Office-of-the-District-Attorney.aspx, Rosen declares that “We want to make this community a safe place for you and your family." Are the citizens of Santa Clara County better protected by retrying Lynch on the single misdemeanor count that ended in mistrial or prosecuting Lindner for perjury?

Rosen will inform the court this Thursday, July 12, of his decision whether to refile charges.

The jury has already spoken, realizing what Rosen apparently does not: Lynch has already served his sentence. Please join Lynch's supporters in contacting the District Attorney’s office urging them to not to pursue further charges against him and to investigate Lindner and the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center. Thank you.

Rosen can be reached at Office of the Santa Clara County District Attorney, 70 West Hedding St., west wing, San Jose, CA 95110, 408-299-3099, Jrosen@da.sccgov.org.

LoyolaAlum August 29, 2012 at 02:16 AM
New SFO Archbishop Coridileone has more jail time than Jerold Lindner, the alleged pedophile living in Los Gatos. The Jesuit Order has paid $3 million to settle pedophile lawsuits naming Fr. Lindner. Coridileone got 9-hours in jail after his DUI arrest. Fr. Lindner, like many pedophile priests, has never seen the inside of a jail. Fr. Lindner taught Freshmen for 15-years at Loyola High School, Los Angeles.
LoyolaAlum September 02, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Archbishop Coridileone and elder abuse: Why wasn’t incoming San Francisco Archbishop Coridileone charged with elder abuse when he was arrested for drunk driving while driving home his mother, 88? When Jesuit Fr. Jerold Lindner, 66 was punched by a person he allegedly raped, there was a charge of elder abuse against the person who punched Lindner. The Jesuit Order has paid $3 million regarding sex abuse claims against Lindner.
LoyolaAlum September 09, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Jesuit Jerold Lindner, with $3 million in pedophile settlements, is a Brophy College Preparatory graduate (Phoenix). Phoenix police arrested former Brophy College Preparatory teacher and golf coach, Daniel P. Whitehead on suspicion of sexually abusing several past students. The September 8, 2012 arrest came nine months after Whitehead was fired. Fr. Lindner could have learned about the modus operandi of abusers while he was a student at Brophy.
LoyolaAlum September 12, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Another Los Gatos Jesuit accused of sex abuse. This was in an apology to Bellarmine College Preparatory (San Jose) alumni by Rev. Paul Sheridan, who heads Bellarmine. Brother William C. Farrington is credibly accused and supervised the students living on the Bellarmine campus from the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s. Brother Farrington now works in the Jesuit Los Gatos fund raising office and lives at the Jesuit Los Gatos retreat in the same building as Fr. Jerold Lindner, who has a record of $3 million in pedophile settlements.
LoyolaAlum February 14, 2013 at 03:17 PM
Los Gatos Jesuit Fr. William Wood may be the William Wood, S.J. on a new list of 49 names of clergy from a follow up review of Los Angles Archdiocesan files regarding clergy sex crime litigation. http://www.bishop-accountability.org/ca_la/2013_01_31_LA_Final_Addendum/

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