AQUITTED! San Jose Prosecutor sought 4 year prison term for man who punched a priest who raped him when he was 7 years old. [edit]

  • Suetonius

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    Jun 30, 2012 5:41 PM GMT
    San Jose, California is apparently a good place to be live if you are a priest who rapes 7-year old and 4-year old boys. District Attorney Jeffrey Rosen is seeking a 4 year prison sentence for William Lynch for punching out priest Jerold Linder, who raped him when he was 7 and his brother when he was 4. DA Rosen, who admitted in court that the the priest committed the sexual assaults, could have charged Lynch with simple battery, which carries a maximum 6 month jail term, but instead insisted on charging him with more serious crimes which would get Williams a 4 year prison sentence for his 2 punches. According to news reports, for what DA Rosen called "a savage beating," the only medical treatment the priest got was stitches above one eye. The catholic church is keeping priest Linder at a home in San Jose where other retired child molesting priests are kept.

    If I were on the jury, I would vote to acquit the guy. If I lived in that county, I would certainly not vote to re-elect DA Rosen, the child molester's friend. But he's apparently the darling of the democratic party machine.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/on-faith/man-charged-with-assaulting-priest-testifies-that-memories-of-alleged-abuse-made-him-fearful/2012/06/29/gJQAg7Q6BW_story.html
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    Jun 30, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
    Democrat-baiting aside (really?), there's more to this story than the simplistic view you posit.

    First, I have nothing against decking a pedophile. Morally, if this priest is found to be a pedophile, I'd take great delight in it.

    However, by law, this grown man--claiming he felt "threatened" when it was he who confronted the priest in his home--broke the law. It was premeditated (or so the DA will argue, since the evidence fits that status), and it WAS a beatdown of a heretofore uncharged (and presumed innocent) man.

    Go ahead, live in the Amurika where vigilante justice rules. Oh, and fuck you about the Democrat-baiting.
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    Jul 01, 2012 12:00 AM GMT
    Suetonius saidIf I were on the jury, I would vote to acquit the guy. If I lived in that county, I would certainly not vote to re-elect DA Rosen, the child molester's friend. But he's apparently the darling of the democratic party machine.




    Or instead you could turn your efforts to changing the law so molesting a child does not have a statute of limitations that protects priests and others like this if enough time has passed.
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    Jul 01, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    This makes me wonder why more pedophiles don't become priests so they can get away with their crimes.
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    Jul 01, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    i dont associate myself with anything negative that happens in san jose icon_smile.gif if that were me or my kid, i probably would have done worse than punch.
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    Jul 01, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    If this was a first offense, then Lynch should only get 2 years (if what I'm looking at is correct for California sentencing) for the simple assault since - while Rosen is a disgusting man who will probably burn in hell and deserves it - it was premeditated with intent to cause harm.

    I'm not sure what Rosen's deal is and why he is going for the max. If he's up for reelection, this isn't exactly the case to be tough on. A lot of people are going to have difficulties sympathizing with this priest and the guy who put away the guy who clocked him. Unless the district is sympathetic Catholics to these priests in which case...icon_neutral.gif
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    Jul 01, 2012 2:53 AM GMT
    JackBlair69 saidSeparate issues. If you punch someone, there are legal consequences. (My advice: If you're going to do something like that, don't get caught.)
    Emotional trauma lasts longer than statute of limitations. I don't blame the dude.
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    Jul 01, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    "Or instead you could turn your efforts to changing the law so molesting a child does not have a statute of limitations that protects priests and others like this if enough time has passed."

    Exactly. Nailed it.

    In the age of not just DNA but multiple-victim crimes stretching back decades, sex crimes should not have statutes of limitation. Yes, we need to be very wary of hysteria -- think of the McMartin Preschool witch hunts -- but with all the witness testimony, all the internal emails. all the institutional obstruction of justice in not just the Penn State case but the Catholic Church mass cover-ups, does anyone really want not just individuals but whole institutions to benefit from delaying justice until the clock winds down?
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    Jul 01, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    JackBlair69 saidSeparate issues. If you punch someone, there are legal consequences. (My advice: If you're going to do something like that, don't get caught.)


    perfect statement.
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    Jul 01, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    I don't live in SJ nor have I ever been abused, but I have MORE THAN ONE teacher who has been convicted of this type crime. (yes, hard to believe,isn't it!)

    This has bothered me more and more over the years and if I ever ran across one of those pedophiles I would have to restrain myself from knocking the cane out from under them (they must be old men by now so I'd show them some of the mercy they so desperately lack by not beating the living crap out of them).

    But boy, would I ever abuse them verbally! In public. As long and loud as I possibly could. Pedophiles are slime of the most disgusting form and though I applaud the guy in SJ, he should have considered the consequences of his actions. That being said, the DA is an idiot for Throwing the book, instead of slapping the guy's wrist.

    There should be no tolerance for pedophiles. Period. I'd never out a gay guy, but I'd out a pedophile in a second. Can you sense how riled this has made me?!?
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    Jul 01, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    Chief Wiggum's line from The Simpsons:

    "The Law is powerless to protect you, not punish you."
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    Jul 01, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidDemocrat-baiting aside (really?)

    Hardly - just pointing out facts. I happen to be registered democratic and usually vote that way. So I feel quite entitled to criticize the party.I know nothing about Austin politics, and you obviously know nothing about big city California politics. In all of the large urban California counties except San Diego, there is one-party government, run by a Democratic party machine - just like in Chicago, Boston, or New York of old. Whoever the machine selects as its candidate for every office from Congress to dog-catcher gets elected. Voters are uninformed (and that's putting it charitably) and care less - the vast majority vote for whoever the machine tells them to. Absent some terrible scandal, no other democrat has a chance opposing a machine candidate. Rosen was the machine chosen candidate for the last election. He gets to remain DA for as long as he does not create a terrible scandal. That's just the way it works. There's hardly a democracy in machine-run counties, that's all.

    First, I have nothing against decking a pedophile. Morally, if this priest is found to be a pedophile, I'd take great delight in it.

    Well that's just what the victim did - punched the priest twice - he didn't try to kill him. And the prosecution admitted in court that the priest had raped this kid.


    Oh, and fuck you about the Democrat-baiting.

    And fuck you very much too.
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    Jul 06, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    Bump.
    Sometimes juries can achieve justice despite a prosecutor's best efforts. The jury today acquitted Lynch on the felony charges through which District Attorney Rosen was trying to get a 4-year prison sentence. The jury was hung on a lesser misdemeanor assault charge (with a maximum 6-month jail sentence), which is all this molestation victim should have been charged with in the first place.