Update on the Wempe trial
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.