Can Jesuit Priest Jerold Lindner be Charged With Perjury?
The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said Friday it’s investigating whether to file perjury charges against Los Gatos Jesuit priest Jerold Lindner, the victim in the high-profile William Lynch assault and elder abuse case.
The trial for Lynch, 44, ended July 5 with his acquittal by a Santa Clara County jury of the two felony charges stemming from an admitted confrontation he had with the priest, now 67, whom he says raped and sodomized him and his brother while children in the ’70s.
Last week, the DA’s Office announced it wouldn’t retry Lynch for a misdemeanor assault charge on which the jury hung 8-4. However, even before the county’s top prosecutor announced he wouldn’t be refiling the charge, Lynch’s supporters were calling for Jeff Rosen to file perjury charges against the priest.
On June 20, the first day of the trial, Lindner, 67, took the stand to testify under oath how Lynch had walked into the Los Gatos Sacred Heart Jesuit Center the afternoon of May 10, 2010 and had punched him causing him some bruises and injuries. Under cross-examination by the prosecution, the priest denied abusing Lynch and his brother. The denial came after the surprising admission to the jury by Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Vicki Gemetti that the priest had indeed molested the brothers and would lie about it on the stand. [more]