Wempe jury at a standstill

first_img After conferring with lawyers, the judge said he wanted them to try again. “Maybe you need to sit down and see if there is common ground and if you can make any progress,” he said. Wempe, 66, is charged with five counts of molestation involving a now-grown male known as Jayson B. between 1990 and 1995. The retired priest has admitted molesting 13 boys in the 1970s and ’80s, including while serving at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Palmdale and Paraclete High School in Lancaster. But those charges were dismissed after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the statute of limitations on the crimes. The defense alleges that the accuser fabricated the later claims to get even with Wempe for molesting his two brothers whose charges were dismissed. Jayson and his brother, Lee, were in court Tuesday in anticipation of a verdict. Wempe and his family also were present.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant He had offered earlier to allow attorneys to present additional arguments if that would help, but he abandoned that plan after seeing the questions. “Is there anybody who thinks that further deliberations would help?” he asked the panel. “I do,” said one woman. “We’re kind of close on some counts.” She was quickly joined by three others who raised their hands and urged further deliberations. But two more members of the panel then said they doubted any progress could be made. “People seem ready to leave and are set on certain views,” said one woman. “We talked this morning and they said they’d made up their minds.” A Los Angeles Superior Court judge urged deadlocked jurors Tuesday to try to find “common ground” that might help them resolve child-molestation charges against a retired Roman Catholic priest. The six men and six women, who have been deliberating for a week, sent word Friday that they had reached a verdict on one of five counts against Michael Wempe but were unable to agree on anything else. The lone verdict was sealed. After a long weekend, they returned Tuesday and gave the judge three pages of questions which, if answered, might resolve their differences. But the questions, which were not publicly revealed, asked for explanations of matters outside the court record, the judge said. Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe told jurors their questions could not be answered because they were seeking additional evidence. last_img read more