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Man acquitted for beating priest he said abused him

July 06, 2012

Two years after a man entered a retirement home and beat a Jesuit priest he says abused him, a California jury has ruled that the man is not guilty of felony assault and elder abuse. Father Jerold Lindner, SJ, denies abusing the man but has been named in a dozen other abuse cases.

“I was wrong for what I did,” said William Lynch, 45. "If I'm going to be taking responsibility, I have to take it fully. And in [beating the priest] I was perpetuating the cycle of violence.”

“A fake name, gloves, beating and bloodying someone. – that’s not justice under the law, that’s revenge,” the Santa Clara County district attorney commented after the ruling.

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  • Posted by: normnuke - Jul. 06, 2012 12:40 PM ET USA

    “A fake name, gloves" etc. not easy to see how these things (dastardly though they be)contribute to the DA's disappointment.