Jerry Sandusky is so going to prison. It is not a matter of credible evidence against him. Rather, it is the utter incompetence of his lawyer that will land him in prison. Joe Amendola claims that several of the victims in the case plotted with each other to take Sandusky down for money:
“We know for a fact that Accusers No. 2 and 6 know each other, and we believe No. 7 also knows 2 and 6, and it’s quite possible that No. 4 knows all of those three,” Amendola told Glor.
And? Unless Amendola can prove that the four of them spoke with each other, all he has is a wild accusation that would get sustained before he could finish his question.
But let us assume those four are lying in part or in full. What about the other six? Are they all lying? Why is it that they all have similar stories despite the time between their accounts? Since all but two of them came forward before any information about the accusations made national news and they came forward at different times, just how did they plan this elaborate plot? Better yet, why not just sue Sandusky from the beginning? It is much easier to win a civil suit than a criminal case.
If this is all Amendola has, he might as well tell Sandusky to take a plea deal because it will not go well for him if this goes to trial. This crazy defense just is not going to work, but Amendola tried to explain his methods:
“Jerry Sandusky has had an uphill battle that I’ve compared to climbing Mt. Everest from the bottom,” Amendola told Glor, “and the only way, the only way I think we can give him a chance at a fair day in court is to get his side of his case out, so we’ve had to act in a very unorthodox way, and I’m sure there are a lot of legal pundits out there scratching their heads saying what are we doing?”
Sandusky’s best defense was first to keep his mouth shut or to have spoken as little as possible. He should not have given two interviews, let alone said the things he said. Nothing he has done makes him at all likable or sympathetic. Actually, he is barely pitiable because each time he or Amendola says something they look worse.
The strangest thing was Amendola waiving the preliminary hearing. While it is clear that there is more than enough for the case to go to trial, Amendola gave up his chance to question the accusers before things got underway. While he might not have been able to chip away at their stories, he could have locked them in to a particular narrative so that if they changed their stories at trial he could nail them with it and impeach their testimony.
Honestly, I am not even a lawyer and I know to do that.
This is going to end badly no matter what happens, but the least Amendola can do is stop making it worse.