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.

Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz June 27, 2012 at 04:47 AM
I know that it is Human to want to seek revenge. Especially in a situation like this one. However what does it gain? The victim never feels better. Leave that to the LORD. Scripture reads; "Revenge Is Mine, Thus Say's The Lord". And it's always the Best One...
Alison June 27, 2012 at 01:09 PM
To the commenter above: We don't stand in Lynch's shoes and we don't know if it makes him feel better. To many victims of abuse, he is a hero. I also believe that the publicity for this trial will encourage other Lindner victims to come forward. Some of them could be within the statute of limitations for a criminal case, and that would be a very good thing.
Bruce Reynard June 27, 2012 at 01:50 PM
To Irene: Nobody is suggesting that "revenge" is a good thing. But Lynch is not receiving the same benefit of the doubt that child molesters get when they are on trial for their baseless, evil crimes. In fact, quite the opposite: The Court has allowed damaging testimony to be presented to the jury, and then taken away Lynch's rights as a defendant to cross examine the witness against him. The Court has taken away his previously granted ability to have people testify that can corroborate his casual factors. This is not a question of whether or not revenge is right in the eyes of the Lord, or what YOU think about what a victim may or may not feel. It's about the fact that the defendant is not being afforded the same rights that are given to perpetrators who are not even human beings... Lynch is not a menace to society, and he deserves the dignity that is provided to people of much lesser worth than he. Jury nullification is entirely appropriate in this case, and I hope that there are some intelligent jurors in the pool who latch on to this!
Kathleen Smith June 27, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Will Lynch is a person I've known for many years. He is not a violent person. He is a gentle, caring and sensitive person. Whatever happened in that room was very possibly a "once in a lifetime" outburst. Will has tried over the years since Jerry raped him, to rid himself of the demons who still live inside him. He has gone to counseling, married and tried to get his life together, tried to kill himself, took Jerry to court (the Jesuits paid out money to Will and his brother). NOTHING was done to Lindner for his rapes. We know of several other people who were repeatedly raped by Lindner over the years. We have seen the injustice of the Jesuits in allowing Lindner to be with young people - teach them, take them on over seas trips and act as though they didn't believe Jerry had done anything wrong. Will (and the rest of us) could see NO justice in this. At sometime I suspect Will thought that by confronting Jerry he might rid himself of some of the monsters still in his head (from Jerry and the rapes). Did Will "snap" in that room? I don't know. But I do know he is not a violent person - he is a devoted son and his SOP is to be gracious and gentle. Jury nullification is an appropriate response to Jerry's taking the 5th, the prosecution removing the possibility of the defense to present their case. All victims of Jerry Lindner have again, been silenced. Is this justice? I think not.
June Annette June 27, 2012 at 04:56 PM
To Irene: This is not about revenge . . it is about justice . . even your pope has said as much . . I'm assuming you're a Roman Catholic . . . “The greatest persecution of the Church today, was born from the sins inside the Church, not outside. The Church needs to answer to justice because forgiveness cannot replace justice.” - Quote: Benedict XVI, May 11, 2010 The words of the pope are found to be both empty and hollow so long as the bishops . . the pope's operatives . . do all in their power to deny victims their day in court . . justice . . by opposing legislation that would put an end to statutes of limitations relating to cases of childhood sexual abuse! JUSTICE DELAYED is JUSTICE DENIED! In solidarity with the victims of Roman Catholic clergy abuse and those who advocate for them, JuneAnnette
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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