Feb 18, 2006

Update on the Wempe trial

The jurors in the child molestation trial of Michael Wempe, 66, retired priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, told the judge on Friday that they have reached a verdict on one count but have deadlocked on the other four counts.

The jurors have some questions. The judge, Curtis Rappe, told the jurors to return on Tuesday (Monday is the Presidents' Day holiday). According to the Associated Press, he said he might let the lawyers on both sides make additional statements that might answer the jurors' questions.

Wempe's attorney, Leonard Levine, continues to say that no one has accused Wempe of crimes since 1987, except for Jayson B., the current accuser.

This was in the LA Daily News on Friday: "Deputy District Attorney Todd Hicks had said that Wempe was 'a priest in name only; he was never a man of God.' He had called Wempe a 'stone-cold pedophile' and a clear and present danger 'to all the world, particularly young children.'"

That assessment of Wempe differs noticeably from the one that Cardinal Mahony must have had when he assigned him to be a chaplain at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in the period after Wempe's treatment in New Mexico in 1987.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Cardinal Mahony should become a real representative of God and come clean about all the pedophiles he shielded all these years. He is a disgrace to the Catholic Church.

9:19 PM  

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