Updated 07:23 p.m., Thursday, July 5, 2012
Man acquitted of assaulting retired priest in CA
"SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — A man who beat up a priest who allegedly molested him as a child was acquitted Thursday of assault, a surprising verdict that allowed the defendant to escape a prison sentence.
Supporters of defendant William Lynch openly wept and hugged in the courtroom as the verdicts were read. Later, Lynch and his two attorneys emerged from the courthouse to a rousing cheer."
William Lynch acquitted in beating of priest he says molested him