In this video, William Lynch attorney Pat Harris speaks about Wednesday's proceedings in the trial against his client accused of assaulting the Rev. Jerold Lindner at the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in May of 2010.
Harris says the testimony given today by retired center health-care worker Mary Margaret Eden was discredited when, under cross-examination, she contradicted herself by first saying she had told a sheriff deputy she had blocked Lynch from re-entering the parlor where the attack took place when in a police report it showed she had not.
Her credibility as a witness also came into question when she failed to tell a sheriff deputy and a sheriff investigator that she had actually seen Lynch strike Lindner and then testified that she had during the case's preliminary hearing in February 2011.
The prosecution, headed by Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Vicki Gemetti, appears close to resting its case having called six witnesses to the stand, including the priest's.
Lindner's testimony, however, was ordered stricken by Judge David Cena after Harris and defense attorney Paul Mones filed a mistrial motion alleging prosecutorial misconduct and suborned perjury.
The mistrial motions objected to Gemetti openly telling the seated jury in her opening statements on June 20 that Lindner had indeed sexually molested Lynch 35 years ago and that he would lie about it on the stand.
Judge Cena recessed the case until Friday, June 29 at 9 a.m. when Gemetti is expected to rest the prosecution's case and the defense plans to put Lynch on the stand to tell his story of how Lindner raped and sodomized him and his brother in 1975 when he was 7 and his sibling was 4 while on camping trips to the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Harris also lamented that his witnesses, three alleged victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Lindner, have been prevented from testifying by Cena. He explained how that ruling has "gutted" his case.