Guest Opinion: Will Lynch Trial Is Over, Let's Not Call It 'Vigilante Justice'

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The jury of 12 peers concluded the trial with a verdict they deemed was proper. But let’s not call it “vigilante justice,” and we shouldn’t say we condone violence to correct violence.

With that said, I've done my duty in being politically correct.

And now for reality. The California law statutes concerning child sexual abuse are a failure. Lynch was prosecuted for hitting the accused unconscionable child rapist Father Jerold Lindner, but the failed “pedophile-friendly” justice system in Santa Clara County was totally useless to prosecute someone whom many consider a serial sex offender.

Maybe the California lawmakers will wake out of a stupor now. This landmark case has earned worldwide attention. But the inescapable underlying issue that is unofficially and plausibly being redirected is the antiquated “statute of limitations” on child sex abuse cases.

To quote activist and former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt: “Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.” This proclamation was tantamount to the principle matter of contention in this trial by Lynch, but obviously not the legal and focal intent of the District Attorney.

The District Attorney's Office should learn from this trial, and make it a priority to help change the law, instead of complaining that victims of rape should not seek vindication.

The DA's statement that: “although (they were) trying to find Lynch responsible for assaulting the priest, it was also about bringing just punishment to sex abuse crimes” is beyond ludicrous.

The DA has done absolutely nothing to bring punishment to Lindner.

Now that the DA has created this circus, what is the DA going to do about protecting children in Los Gatos from an identified serial sex offender that is free to roam the streets of Los Gatos? The answer is nothing. It was always nothing, and it will continue to be nothing.

The only thing the DA seems to be correct about is his admission that: “justice is decided by you, the jury in our county.” And the proof is in the pudding, as they say. The jury did uphold justice; something the DA has failed to do.

So as the DA continues to babble about how his office “protects the public;” living proof of the absurdity of this statement is still vacationing in luxury at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, and he is free and unprosecuted. So much for public safety of children provided by the DA. It's nice to know that there are 12 jurors who know the meaning of justice.

Joey Piscitelli July 06, 2012 at 10:16 PM
I am not calling for Vigilante Justice, I am calling for any kind of justice at all from the lawmakers in the county and state, who have failed to protect children, and refuse to correct their inadequate laws. The jury did their job. Are they Vigilantes? I don't think so. The jury decided the verdict - I did not. Lindner should get out of town.
Dyan Chan July 07, 2012 at 12:30 AM
They are known sex offenders but have never been convicted and don't show up on the registry? This is sickening. Last time I checked the registry (which was many years ago), I thought it did show several people living at the Jesuit center. I don't see any now. Yes, we need to fix our laws to protect our children!!
Alison July 07, 2012 at 12:33 AM
You go, Will Lynch! You are a hero. How on EARTH did Jeff Rosen, DA at Santa Clara think that the jury wouldn't be affected by Lynch's testimony and the video describing what Lindner did to him? The DA's office was really stupid to think that the jury wouldn't feel extreme sympathy for a molestation victim. What is wrong with that office? Are they that myopic? They seem to be disconnected from human nature. Vote DA Jeff Rosen out of office.
Louis Gilfedder July 07, 2012 at 02:47 AM
If the justice system cannot take care of the problem than I say yes to vigilantly justice,enough is enough with all the excuses why we won't address this issue.Its not rocket science,do you want pedophiles roaming our streets?or do you want them locked away in jail where they belong.
Sandra Vaurs July 07, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Dyan, I know that when I checked the registry 6 months ago, it showed 3 offenders living at the Jesuit center. Now they are gone from the list. According to the Provincial up there, they aren't now on the list because they weren't convicted. One of them, Fr. Connor has died.


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