Archive for July 10, 2012
You may recall that I’m not a proponent of “stand your ground” laws because they tend to encourage “vigilante justice”. That is, it becomes too easy for someone to use those laws as cover for becoming sole judge, jury, and executioner in retaliation for slights, real or imagined.
It is my opposition to vigilante justice that led me to be particularly concerned about a verdict rendered last Thursday in San Jose, California.
On May 10, 2010, 44-year-old William Lynch drove roughly 50 miles from his home in San Francisco to the Los Gatos retirement home of 67-year-old Reverend Jerold Lindner, a former Jesuit priest. According to a Santa Clara County Sheriff spokesperson, Lynch confronted Lindner regarding alleged sexual abuse when Lynch was seven years old. When Lindner claimed not to recognize Lynch, the younger man began beating the retired priest. (more…)