Defense attorney Paul Mones said Friday he was pleased , however he regretted that a request to subpoena Los Gatos Jesuit priest Jerold Lindner, 67, was denied and the cleric will not testify again before the jury.
Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge David A. Cena, who's presiding over the high-profile case, denied the defense's petition to have Lindner return to the courtroom after
On Monday, June 25, Judge Cena allowed Lindner to invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege after prosecutor Vicki Gemetti openly admitted to the seated jury when the trial started that the priest had indeed sexually molested Lynch and would lie about it on the stand, which he did under her interrogation.
The prosecution rested its case Friday and the trial resumes Monday at 9 a.m. in Department 34 of the San Jose Hall of Justice. The defense could rest its case on Monday as well and jury instructions are expected to follow.
Lynch is on trial after being charged with one count of felony assault with intent to cause great bodily injury and one count of elder abuse under circumstances likely to produce great bodily harm or death. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges. If found guilty, he faces a maximum of four years in prison.
The charges stem from his admission Friday that he drove the afternoon of May 10, 2010 to the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos and pummeled Lindner, whom he says raped and sodomized him and his brother while on camping trips in the mid 1970s.