February 01, 2006

Questioning angers molest-case witness

Monterey County Herald

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES - A man who cried for more than two days on the witness stand while describing his alleged molestation by a priest turned angry and confrontational Tuesday when he was cross-examined by a lawyer for Michael Wempe.
The 26-year-old man, identified only as Jayson B., alleges the retired priest molested him in the 1990s during encounters at Wempe's office at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and in parking garages inside the priest's cars.
His temper flared during cross-examination when defense lawyer Leonard Levine challenged his recollection of the cars.
''I know what happened to me,'' Jayson insisted.
During earlier questioning by Deputy District Attorney Todd Hicks, the witness slumped in the witness chair, covered his eyes with his hand and sobbed as he told jurors graphic details of his alleged molestation.

Posted by kshaw at February 1, 2006 08:41 AM