he list of potential witnesses submitted by Jerry Sandusky’s defense attorneys runs about five dozen deep. It includes the obvious, such as Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, to the unexpected, such as the wife and son of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who have said they know nothing about being called to the stand.Jerry Sandusky’s defense may be reliant on the defendant’s willingness to take the stand.
However, it’s likely only one witness could possibly save Sandusky from being found guilty of child molestation.
Jerry Sandusky himself.
After four withering days of witness testimony and prosecution allegations last week, Sandusky’s defense began Monday at Centre County Courthouse. The task is daunting, something lead defense attorney Joe Amendola acknowledged in his opening argument, comparing it to climbing Mt. Everest.
That was before powerful, personal stories from alleged victims, often through emotional tears, painted Sandusky as a serial rapist who through perverted methods sought out, groomed and then controlled young boys assigned to his Second Mile charity designed to help poor and troubled youth.
What could he possibly say to exonerate himself. “Sure, I showered with naked boys, but we didn’t have any sex”? Maybe that is what he would testify.
Sandusky acknowledged in those media interviews that he routinely showered with boys in Penn State football locker rooms, often after hours. That includes what he described as “horsing around” behavior: hugging them, soaping them up and touching them while they were naked.
There are also pre-bed routines in his basement when kids would stay over his home and the multiple times he took boys to local hotels.
He said none of that was sexual in nature.
And, of course, they will have to bring psychologists in to explain why he acted the way he did.
On Friday, Amendola also won a motion to allow a psychologist to testify that Sandusky suffers from “histrionic personality disorder,” which stripped him of understanding appropriate boundaries. It is an attempt to explain his behavior in “grooming” alleged victims and his cringe-inducing words in so-called “love letters.”
A prosecution psychologist was expected to examine Sandusky on Sunday to perhaps offer a counter opinion.
One thing I would like is for a psychologist, or any mental health expert to tell me what goes on in a person’s mind when they decide to molest a child. I simply cannot imagine doing something like that, assuming that the stories the prosecutor’s witnesses are telling are true. Granted, I am not attracted to young boys, or girls for that matter, but I would hope that if I were I would seek professional help and refrain from harming any children. I would also like to know how someone could see a man raping a child and not immediately call the police and make sure that man is prosecuted.
- Jerry Sandusky trial: Mom of alleged victim says son’s underwear was often missing (pennlive.com)
- Jerry Sandusky Should Plead Guilty This Minute (slate.com)
- Jerry Sandusky trial: Ex-coach says it was not uncommon to see boys in the coaches’ shower (pennlive.com)
- Sandusky’s Risky Defense (thedailybeast.com)