It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:
Let us try to follow this logic: Jerry Sandusky is charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse and rape against 10 boys. He has also been accused of allegedly abusing one of his relatives. So, in his infinite wisdom, he decides to petition the court to allow him to see his grandchildren because according to his attorney:
The Defendant’s minor grandchildren have expressed their sadness to their parents about not being able to visit or talk with the Defendant since November 5, 2011.
Sandusky is charged with abusing 10 boys, and the prosecutors have no reason to believe he has not abused any of his family members. It would be monumentally stupid to allow him to have any contact with potential victims. Even these suggestions:
If his grandchildren were allowed to visit him at his State College home, they would be accompanied by at least one parent, according to the motion.
Amendola is also asking the court to allow Sandusky to communicate with his grandchildren by mail, email, telephone, or by Skyping, a type of video-chatting over the Internet.
do not help because there is no way to make sure that Sandusky is not influencing them.
It is understandable that his grandchildren would want to see and talk to him. However, given the situation, it is ludicrous to allow this and here is why. During the Michael Jackson case, the prosecutors tried to convince people that Jackson was a serial child rapist. They argued that he tended to target young white boys, and began grooming them at around 8-years-old. Coincidentally, Jackson’s oldest son was around that age at the time. Yet despite the prosecutors painting Jackson as an impulse predator who would abuse any boy in his preference range, they left Prince Michael and his siblings in Jackson’s care.
If you want people to believe someone is a super predator, you do not allow them to have contact with potential victims.
So far no decision has been made. I suspect that if anything is granted, the meetings would be monitored by someone from the state, not just a parent.
Sandusky is also asking for friends to be allowed over and to leave his home to aid his attorneys for his defense. The latter should not be an issue, since he would be with his attorneys. The former seems like a fair request as long as no children are involved.
Another issue came up. According to a report:
A judge has given prosecutors until Friday to provide Jerry Sandusky with the identities of the people the retired Penn State football defensive coordinator is accused of molesting. […] Amendola asked Senior Judge John M. Cleland to order prosecutors from the state attorney general’s office to produce the information, after they failed to respond to his request by Jan. 26. Late Friday, Cleland issued an order giving prosecutors until Feb. 3 to provide the information or say why they have not. Cleland tentatively scheduled a hearing on Feb. 10 to explore any dispute over the information.
That is a problem because it comes close to obstructing Sandusky’s ability to defend himself by withholding evidence. With such a high-profile case, the last thing the prosecutors want to do is anything that could result in the charges being dropped. Look at what happened with the Dominique Strass-Kahn case. If they have the names, they need to give them to Amendola now instead of playing games. Sandusky as a right to know who is accusers are, and he has a right to know that with enough time to prepare a defense.
One guy acting stupid is enough. We do not need the state to pick up the slack.