With all of the brouhaha re: the Scotus decisions, some other trials i’ve been watching have sort of been lost in the shuffle. So an update on some of these -
1) The William Lynn trial in Philly. Monsignor Lynn was an assistant to Cardinal Bevilacqua, and is the first Catholic official on trial, not for molesting children himself, but for child endangerment. Essentially, was responsible for transferring accused pedophile priests to other parishes. Lynn oversaw clergy abuse complaints under Bevilacqua, who conviniently rolled a 7 in January, the day after he was informed he would have to testify.
The judge in the trial allowed prosecutors to spend most of the 3 months of testimony concerning sex abuse accusations of 20 priests not directly related to the Lynn case. So aired in the court and a matter of public record now.
Lynn was acquitted of endangering a victim of a Fr. Brennan, and also of conspiring with another accused priest, Fr. Avery, to endanger children. He was convicted of endangering Avery’s victim, and is currently in prison awaiting sentencing facing 3 1/2 to 7 years. Lynn may be released to house arrest if the judge is convinced that he wouldn’t seek refuge in the Vatican or elsewhere, a la Bernie Law. He’s expected to appeal, and even if successful, the testimony of the victims is availiable for any to see.
2) The William Lynch trial in San Jose. Mr. Lynch is accused of 2 felony counts of assault and elder abuse. He entered a retirement home and pummelled 67-year old retired Catholic priest Jerold Lindner. The priest sodomized Lynch on a camping trip when he was 7, and forced Lynch and his brother, 4, to orally copulate with each other. The brothers won $625,000 in a settlement from the Catholic church in 1997, and the church has paid millions of dollars to other Lindner victims.
There is no dispute that the assault by Lynch on Lindner occurred, and little doubt that the rape of Lynch and his brother occurred. Rather, Lynch, fully aware of the risks (that could result of his imprisonment of up to 4 years) is seeking a public airing of the circumstances of his abuse as a child. As well as a protest of the statute of limitations that currently prevent abuse charges from being prosecuted.
Go Mr. Lynch.
And the Catholic church is fretting over their delicate consciences offended at being forced to provide contraception to employees. If i were a cynical sort of person, which i’m not as that would be churlish, i might think that they were panicked at the prospect of running out of fodder.
3) Jerry Sandusky trial. Well, it didn’t take long to convict serial child sex abuser Sandusky. But some purported emails from the sainted head coach Joe Paterno (also conveniently now off this coil) may show that he was in on the coverup. From SF Gate -
“E-mails have been uncovered by NBC. Three scared sheep – Penn State’s president, vice president and athletic director – were going to alert the real authorities to the possible misdeeds of Jerry Sandusky, until the athletic director spoke with Paterno and persuaded the other two Sheep not to be so rash.
Subsequently, at least four more young boys were molested by Sandusky.
Paterno apparently persuaded the group to go easy on old Jerry. The athletic director, Tim Curley, e-mailed the other Sheep, “If Sandusky is cooperative, we would work with him.”
Fuck me, it’s just a fucking game. Makes the previous corruption of the basketball program at my own alma mater look positively benign. That was just about money and grades. Wtf.