VIDEO: William Lynch Attorneys Say Priest's Injury Was Minor

San Francisco man who says Los Gatos priest Jerold Lindner sexually abused him and his brother 35 years ago to take the stand Friday morning.

After Tuesday's deliberations in the William Lynch Los Gatos priest-beating trial, defense attorneys Pat Harris and Paul Mones walked out of the San Jose Hall of Justice to challenge the testimony by a Santa Clara County sheriff's deputy.

On the witness stand, Rick Chaeff testified that Father Jerold Lindner had suffered several bruises and one laceration above his left eye that bled heavily. However, Harris said he believed the injury to be minor and amounted to one cut.

The attorneys also said Lynch will most likely take the stand Friday to tell the jury how he and younger brother were allegedly raped and sodomized by Lindner 35 years ago while on camping trips to the Santa Cruz Mountains.

June Annette June 27, 2012 at 05:01 PM
The man who should be in the dock is Jerry Lindner, a defrocked Roman Catholic priest and a serial rapist / child molester, who has managed to escape punishment and elude justice for his vile crimes as a result of legal roadblocks. What he did to Mr. Lynch and his 4-year old brother should be reason enough for him to be behind bars for life. The denial by Lindner of molesting Lynch under oath exposes his true character. His statement flatly contradicts even that of his own Jesuit community, the Sacred Heart retirement and medical center in Los Gatos, who has put him on a molester's list, and the costly settlement his diocese doled out to his victims in order to make them go away and prevent his criminal record from being aired in open court. The Roman Catholic “church” does not indiscriminately dole out large wads of cash to victims of clergy abuse merely out of the kindness of their hearts! These proceedings have once more placed the gross injustice of statutes of limitations in childhood sexual abuse cases in the spotlight that excludes many victims from having recourse to a legal remedy for their abuse while their assailants walk free! There is no time limit to the suffering and pain that victims of childhood sexual abuse endure. Neither should there be a time limit in which victims of this monstrous crime can pursue justice by seeking redress through the courts. (continued)
June Annette June 27, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Comment continued . . The ordeal Mr. Lynch suffered as a child must never be forgotten. I trust the verdict the jury renders and the punishment the judge proscribes will take into account the extraordinary circumstances that drove Mr. Lynch to attack his abuser. May God be pleased to grant Mr. Lynch his mercy and right these terrible wrongs!. In solidarity with Mr. Lynch, and the countless victims of Roman Catholic clergy abuse, JuneAnnette
June Annette June 27, 2012 at 06:47 PM
As Bruce Reynard has pointed out in his comment above, "jury nullification is entirely appropriate in this case." For the benefit of those who do not know what that means, I share the definition of same which I obtained from the FindLaw.com website: "jury nullification n : the acquitting of a defendant by a jury in disregard of the judge's instructions and contrary to the jury's findings of fact NOTE: Jury nullification is most likely to occur when a jury is sympathetic toward a defendant or regards the law under which the defendant is charged with disfavor. Except for a statutory requirement to the contrary, a jury does not have to be instructed on the possibility of jury nullification."
Alison June 28, 2012 at 12:35 AM
A few cuts to the face are NOTHING compared to having been raped.
A victim of Clergy abuse June 28, 2012 at 01:19 AM
From the words of Nora Ephron “don’t be a victim in your life, be a hero to yourself.” Mr Lynch is doing just that. As a victim, no one was there for you as a child. Later, as an adult, you struggled and the catholic church denies you – they abuse pour vinegar in your wounds. Thank you Mr Lynch.


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