Jury in LA Priest Sex Abuse Trial Enters Second Day of Talks

The Associated Press, carried in KESQ
February 14, 2006

LOS ANGELES Jurors in a molestation case against retired Roman Catholic priest Michael Wempe enter their second day of deliberations today in Los Angeles.

It's the panel's first meeting since Friday, when the panel had its initial day of talks before the long holiday weekend.

The panel ended deliberations on Friday with a request to hear a readback of testimony from the trial's key witness. Court officials say jurors asked for a reading of a limited portion of the testimony of the 26-year-old man known as Jayson B. who claims he was molested by Michael Wempe in the 1990s.

Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe instructed the panel Friday morning to pass judgment on Wempe's guilt of molesting Jayson, not the other witnesses whom the priest acknowledges having abused. He can't be tried for those crimes because of a statute of limitations.


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