You had the right to remain silent

By on June 19, 2012

Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after the first day of his trial (photo by US PRESSWIRE / Evan Habeeb)

Colin Cowherd, a well-known radio show host, said it best about the Jerry Sandusky trial, “You let a creep ramble on long enough, he will indict himself.” Cowherd wasn’t kidding.

If you don’t know who Jerry Sandusky is, I’d like to say welcome back to the world and I hope your year-long vacation under a rock went well. Sandusky, former Penn State football defensive coordinator, was accused and arrested and charged for 52 counts of child sex abuse, which has since been reduced to 51. The ordeal led to the firing of head football coach Joe Paterno, who died January 22, and one of the biggest shakeups ever in the Penn State community.

We’ve known for a while Sandusky is a creepy guy. From the first taste many Americans got of the guy when he couldn’t answer a “yes-no” question Bob Costas asked in an interview. Right after Sandusky, the person who has messed up most during Sandusky’s legal processing is his lawyer, Joseph Amendola. I’ll put it like this, if I’m ever so much as pulled over for speeding I wouldn’t ask this man for legal advice.

Amendola is no stranger to the Penn State community because the State College, Penn.,

Jerry Sandusky and attorney Joe Amendola outside the courthouse on day one of the trial. A strategy session? Guys, really? (US PRESSWIRE / Evan Habeeb)

lawyer represented former Penn State tailback Austin Scott in 2007 for rape charges, according to an article in the New York Daily news. The article mentions a little about that case, which was thrown out in 2008. The article also highlights interesting aspects of Amendola’s personal life.

Amendola has messed up several times with the first being that interview he allowed Sandusky to do (by the way it was a last minute thing to include Sandusky himself, Amendola was the only one scheduled to be interviewed). But that wasn’t the last time Amendola let Sandusky’s weirdness speak for itself. In this case, where Amendola is definitively claiming Sandusky’s innocence, Amendola planned to allow Sandusky to stand on trial. Sandusky would have to answer any and all questions from the prosecution. Is he trying to send Sandusky to jail?

It’s a very tough situation for Amendola to handle because he has to represent someone facing 51 counts of child sex abuse, enough for more than 400 years of jail time. These accusations come from double digit victims over a span of around 15 years. Amendola has proven that he’s not a competent enough lawyer to represent someone in as deep a legal hole as Sandusky. Perhaps then, justice is served. If Sandusky committed the crimes he is accused of, he has no right to roam the streets because of a technicality a savvy lawyer may have been able to exploit.

The real challenge began Monday as the prosecution against Sandusky rest and Amendola’s defense began. It’s conceivable that Amendola won’t make certain mistakes like to allow his client, who he claimed has a mental condition, take the stand himself.

The case has been inconsistent from the start. The defense went from Sandusky didn’t do it, to he has a mental disorder and now the defense claims Sandusky wasn’t the only Penn State coach who horse played with boys in the showers. This case is an absolute mess where no one can win. One can only help that justice is served. For Sandusky’s cause, Joseph Amendola has proven to be more of a hindrance than a benefit.

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