Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Men In Black

רדוף (2012) טריילר - A new self-exposing documentary on sexual abuse in a Hassidic Yeshiva



William Lynch dreamed for years about confronting the Jesuit priest he says molested him and his little brother more than 30 years ago during a camping trip. Now, Lynch prepares to go to trial on felony assault and elder abuse charges for attacking Lindner in the lobby of his retirement home.

LOS ANGELES — Opening statements were scheduled to begin Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of beating an aging Jesuit priest who he says molested him and his younger brother more than 35 years ago.

William Lynch has said the priest abused him and his brother during a camping trip in Northern California's Santa Cruz Mountains. Now 44, Lynch will get his longtime wish to face the Rev. Jerold Lindner in court for the first time.

Lynch faces felony charges of assault and elder abuse after prosecutors say he beat Lindner in 2010 in front of startled witnesses at a retirement home for priests.

In the months since his arrest, Lynch has refused to discuss a plea deal and has grown intent on using his own legal trouble to try Lindner in the court of public opinion in a potentially explosive proceeding likely to include testimony from Lynch, the priest and several more of his alleged victims.

The trial will take place in Santa Clara County Superior Court, where several other victims are expected to attend. Lynch faces up to four years in prison if convicted on all charges.

The judge overseeing the case recently ruled that Lynch's lawyer can ask the priest about Lynch's allegations during cross-examination. If Lindner denies the accusations, attorney Pat Harris can call up to three other witnesses who claim they were also molested by Lindner as children, including Lynch's younger brother.

The Lynches, who were 7 and 4 at the time, were raped in the woods and forced to have oral sex with each other while Lindner watched, according to a civil lawsuit. Lindner has been accused of abuse by nearly a dozen people, including his own sister and nieces and nephews, but was never criminally charged because the allegations were too old.

Lindner hung up Monday when The Associated Press called him for comment. He has previously denied abusing the Lynch boys and said in a deposition from the late 1990s that he didn't recall the siblings. The brothers settled with the Jesuits of the California Province for $625,000 in 1998.

'I'm prepared to take responsibility'

Getting Lindner into court — even as a victim — has helped Lynch find the peace of mind he's been searching for his whole life, he said.

"I don't want to go to jail but I've come to realize that this whole thing is really bigger than me and the way that I've chosen to handle this is to make a statement," Lynch told the AP. "I'm prepared to take responsibility for anything I've been involved in. I'm willing to do it. I think it's a small sacrifice to get Father Jerry into court."

Even if the molestation allegations are true, the judge's order only allows the defense to ask general questions about sexual abuse for the purpose of challenging Lindner's credibility as a witness. Other defense witnesses who allege abuse by the priest can't be questioned about specific details that could inflame the jury.

"What the jury needs to be deciding is did an assault take place? There might be sympathetic reasons for an assault, but yes, it's an assault," Gemetti said. "The victim is not squeaky clean but that doesn't change the fact that you can't take the law into your own hands."

It's unlikely testimony about Lynch's abuse allegations could tip the case in his favor — but not impossible, said Jody Armour, a professor at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law who specializes in criminal law and social justice issues.

Jurors will have to be reminded not to be swayed by their prejudices or by any sympathy they may feel for Lynch.

"These are some of the toughest cases in criminal law," Armour said. "Even though that jury will be told, 'Don't think about this, this is not evidence, it just goes to credibility,' how are people going to keep those two things separate in their mind?"

There have been several other instances of violence, sometimes fatal, against priests accused of abuse since the Roman Catholic clergy abuse scandal unfolded in 2002.

In Baltimore, a man who claimed he was sodomized and fondled by a priest a decade earlier shot the clergyman three times in 2002 after the priest told him to go away when he demanded an apology. The defendant was acquitted of attempted murder but served 18 months of home detention on a gun conviction.

The following year, priest John Geoghan was strangled in his cell by a fellow inmate who claimed he was chosen by God to kill pedophiles. Geoghan was serving a 9- to 10-year sentence for groping a boy and was at the center of the Boston clergy abuse scandal. He had been accused of molesting as many as 150 boys.

Police said they connected Lynch to the May 2010 attack using phone records. A half hour before the beating, a man identifying himself as "Eric" called the retirement home and said someone would arrive shortly to inform Lindner of a family member's death.

When Lindner showed up in the lobby, Lynch asked the 65-year-old priest if he recognized him. After the priest said he did not, Lynch began punching him, according to a police account. On a 911 tape, the assailant can be heard yelling, "Turn yourself in or I'll (expletive) come back and kill you," as a receptionist speaks to a dispatcher.

Lindner was able to drive himself to the hospital and has since recovered.

Lindner was removed from ministry and placed at the Los Gatos retirement home in 2001. He was named in two additional lawsuits for abuse between 1973 and 1985, according to the Archdiocese of  LosAngeles.

Those cases were included in the record $660 million settlement between the church and more than 550 plaintiffs in 2007.

Even if he is convicted, Lynch hopes that facing the priest in court will help him deal with the demons that he said have held him hostage for years. He has battled depression and alcoholism, attempted suicide and his marriage failed. "He still comes into my dreams now. He just took ownership of me in a way that's hard to get rid of and I have to learn how to live with him," Lynch said of the priest.

"My expectations are realistic, but I'm also coming into this for the first time sort of in control of my life."



Yudi Kolko said...


Edith saw a UOJ crony going through our mailbox

Anonymous said...

Figures her first name is Margo

The former Yonkers Public Library System employee who was responsible for collecting overdue fines and other revenues and pocketed over $163,500 from them, was sentenced in Westchester County Court to shock probation – six months in the county jail and the remainder on probation.

Margo Reed, 54, of Yonkers, pled guilty in February to grand larceny and false state tax return, both felonies, in connection with the thefts she committed over a seven year period. As part of the sentence, $10,000 in restitution was to be paid at sentencing, an additional $10,400 will be paid through probation and a restitution judgment and order in the amount of $143,182 was imposed by the court.

Willy B said...

NY1 reported that Weberman victims are being spat on by random chassidishe while shpatziring the streets of Williamsburg.

Flatbush SY said...


Maurice Balassiano is related to Nissim Balassiano who runs ads on the front page of the Yated for his "Angels of Debt" service for deadbeats.

Talmidei Margo said...

2 weeks ago

(AP) - The Oregon Supreme Court's decision Thursday to approve the release of 20,000 confidential Boy Scouts of America documents will give the public its deepest look at people flagged by the organization as suspected child molesters and show how Scouts kept them out of leadership.

The ruling also could make it easier for other secret Boy Scout files to be used in pending and future lawsuits from former scouts who claim they were molested by troop leaders.

"All arguments about confidential files and whether they're required to be produced publicly, all those issues are now off the table," said Kelly Clark, the Portland attorney involved in the landmark case that led the state Supreme Court to decide that the 20,000 files are public records.

While confidential Boy Scout files have been used in previous lawsuits, the documents ordered released by the Oregon court constitute the largest number of such records that will be exposed to public scrutiny.

Similar Boy Scout files are being sought in at least 40 cases nationwide against the Texas-based organization. But Thursday's ruling is not binding in other states. State Supreme Court justices said in their decision Thursday that releasing the files sought in other cases may not always be the correct decision.

The Oregon files, gathered from 1965 to 1985, came to light when they were used as evidence in a lawsuit in 2010. A jury awarded a record $18.5 million to a man who was molested by an assistant scoutmaster in the early 1980s, finding that the Scouts failed to protect him.

The 20,000 pages – representing files on 1,200 people – are part of a larger trove of confidential documents the Boy Scouts began compiling decades ago. In 1935, the New York Times reported the Scouts had 2,910 "cards" on men who were unfit to supervise boys.

Paul Mones, one of the plaintiff's attorneys in the landmark case, said the Oregon files reveal "poignant and disturbing" details.

"These files were integral to the jury finding that the BSA failed to use its vast knowledge of sexual predators to protect its Scouts," Mones said. "Though the BSA has improved its youth protection policies in recent years, the tragic legacy of the abuse of untold numbers of boys remains."

The Oregon Supreme Court ordered the names of alleged victims and people who reported on suspected abusers be redacted before the documents are released, which could take more than a week to accomplish.

The lengthy timeline covered by the documents means that more people who were abused by Boy Scout leaders will be able to learn from the files whether those leaders were ever flagged as potential molesters, said Patrick Boyle, author of "Scouts' Honor," a book on sex abuse in the Scout.

UOJ gets results said...


Federal appeals court upholds 40-year sentence for child molester

Crown Heights said...


The next time Shmarya tries pushing his two faced b.s. that he is a victim's advocate, consider this.

Four Black thugs were raping a messed up Lubavitcher girl from the time she was 13. Even though Charlie Hynes and his ADAs messed up royally by withholding evidence that the girl enjoyed it, there is no legit reason for Hynes to drop all the charges now. He is being blasted by the victim's father and a national victims rights group because victims often develop the Stockholm Syndrome to like the attackers and because it is still statutory rape when the girl is 13.

But Shmarya is on the side of the Black thugs and Charlie Hynes in this case because the victim is Lubavitch and because the ADA who screwed up and was forced to resign is a frum lady.

Something reeks in Shmarya's apartment and it's not because he skipped deodorant today.

Crown Heights said...

Shmarya has a lockstep follower who calls himself Yochanan Lavie on the blog. He is a NYC public school teacher who lives in Jersey City. Yochanan attacked Mike Bloomberg last week when the Mayor accused the United Federation of Teachers union of covering up for pedophiles in their ranks. Yochanan said Bloomberg is just unfairly & slanderously anti-union as the union tries very hard to root out pedophiles from the school system.


As proof that Shmarya & his followers lie and cover up for pedophiles when it suits them, here is the NY Post blasting the union for keeping Thomas Gibbons in teaching positions more than a decade after it was revealed he is a serial child rapist. The Post calls Gibbons a pig.

Crown Heights said...

Shmarya and his followers cover up for union enabling of child molesters because they identify with the unions politically.


How schools play ‘pass the predator’

June 13, 2012

Mayor Bloomberg and state Sen. Stephen Saland have taken an important first step to better ensure the safety of New York schoolchildren by proposing legislation to make it easier to fire educators who commit sex offenses. But we also need a national approach.

I strongly encourage New York’s Legislature to pass the common-sense Bloomberg bill as quickly as possible. But the root of the problem is that both teachers unions and local school districts protect and hide predatory teachers. Until we fix that, we can’t end the cycle of abuse and coverup.

That’s why a growing national coalition of nonprofits, victims-rights groups, teachers and parents are urging Congress to pass the Jeremy Bell Act (HR 3766), which would finally provide true protection for our children.

Nationwide, millions of students are being put directly in harm’s way, as teachers unions and school districts often protect the predator instead of the child.
It’s an all-too-common practice, known as “Passing the Trash”: Perpetrators not only evade arrest, they’re helped to quietly move to another unsuspecting school district — where they will abuse again. Often, these educators come with glowing recommendations and clean records.

In New York City, we’ve seen a 37 percent rise in cases of sexual misconduct in recent months — among them, a gym teacher accused of groping a student, a high-school substitute accused of forcible touching and an aide accused of making child-pornography videos on school grounds.

A different report on sexual abuse in the city schools found that 60 percent of employees who were accused of sexual abuse were transferred to desk jobs inside schools — and that 40 percent of these teachers were repeat offenders.

When predators go unprosecuted, the results can be deadly. Take the deeply disturbing case of Jeremy Bell, the victim for whom the federal bill was named.
The 12-year-old West Virginia boy was sexually assaulted and murdered in 1997 by Principal Edgar Friedrichs Jr., a known sex offender who’d been passed through multiple Pennsylvania schools before surfacing in Jeremy’s.
Friedrichs had been accused of predatory behavior in at least six schools. Yet each time he got to leave quietly — with his teaching credentials intact and a recommendation in hand. And so he went from classroom to unsuspecting classroom, coming in contact with hundreds of potential victims.

Today, too many of these accused educators are allowed to quietly walk away, with union-negotiated separation agreements that place gag orders on administrators and allow educators to sanitize their personnel files: no record, no trace of previous accusations and no facts to be uncovered by background checks. This must end.

Anonymous said...

Investors need to prepare for an upcoming stock market crash that will be “worse than 2008.”

That’s according to a well-respected author and investor, making a recent appearance on Fox Business.

Peter Schiff, the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, says the stock market collapse we experienced in 2008 “wasn’t the real crash. The real crash is coming.”

He says that Federal stimulus, or quantitative easing, never works and that it just makes the economy sicker in the end. “The reason we are so screwed up is all this quantitative easing is toxic.”

Schiff’s solution is to raise interest rates, but he acknowledges that it would bring a huge downside risk with it. “In America, the problem is that interest rates are too low. They have to go up. We can’t have an economy with interest rates at zero. If the Fed lets interest rates go up, we have to realize that we will have a deeper recession, we have to realize that banks are going to fail.”

He points out that today’s “safe haven” investments — the U.S. dollar and Treasurys — are anything but safe. “There are a lot of people who don’t understand what is going on. Look at how many people are buying the dollar. Look at people buying Treasurys. That makes no sense either. The risk lies in the dollar. The risk lies in Treasurys and other currencies being printed into oblivion.”

A noted economist agrees with Schiff that a much worse stock market crash is coming. And unlike Schiff, he has given very specific details about just how bad it will get.

“The data is clear, 50% unemployment, a 90% stock market drop, and 100% annual inflation . . . starting in 2012.”

That catastrophic outlook comes from Robert Wiedemer, economist and author of The New York Times best-seller Aftershock. Before you dismiss Wiedemer’s claims, consider this: In 2006 he accurately predicted the collapse of the U.S. housing market, equity markets, and consumer spending that almost sank the United States.

Editor’s Note: See the disturbing interview with Wiedemer.

In a recent interview, Wiedemer unapologetically displayed shocking charts backing up his allegations, and then ended his argument with, “You see, the medicine will become the poison.”

The interview has become a wake-up call for those unprepared (or unwilling) to acknowledge an ugly truth: The country’s financial “rescue” devised in Washington has failed miserably.

The blame lies squarely on those whose job it was to avoid the exact situation we find ourselves in, including current Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and former Chairman Alan Greenspan, tasked with preventing financial meltdowns and keeping the nation’s economy strong through monetary and credit policies.

"UOJ" - "The Un-Orthodox Jew" said...

To Above Commenter:

Here's what I believe will happen:

1 - If Romney is the perceived winner in November -- the markets will stage a rally of sorts prior to the election. If indeed Romney wins, the markets will surge higher. Really high!

2 - If Obama wins, Heaven forbid, the markets will CRASH -- as will the American economy - which will create the scenario described above.

3 - If Obama LOSES, there will be blood in the streets --- but America survives!