Playing the victim

Earlier this week a judge sentence Jerry Sandusky to 30 to 60 years in prison. Before the sentencing, Sandusky sent a letter to the judge professing his innocence. Judge Cleland released the letter on Thursday, but perhaps, just for Sandusky’s sake, he should have kept it sealed. After all, how do you explain this:

My trust in people, systems, and fairness has diminished. My faith in God who sends light through the darkness has remained. My heart has been broken but still works. In my heart I know I did not do these disgusting acts. However, I didn’t tell the jury. Our son changed our plans when he switched sides. I was supposed to be David but failed to pick up the sling shot. Goliath won, and I must deal with the outcome.

If you think that biblical comparison was tactless, that is nothing compared this one:

Searching for strength I read many books. One was about a family’s efforts to help abandoned children in Romania. It was familiar to me. Most of them were about life’s struggles and people’s strength to endure. Systems all over the world demanded control and were willing to destroy lives to maintain it. These books represented the worst of life and the best of life. There was extreme greed, hate, and cruelty, combined with love and forgiveness. It was as dismal as it could be, but there was always a little light. The suffering of millions put my struggle in some perspective, and hopefully, will bring strength and courage throughout the rest of my journey.

But apparently the suffering of nearly a dozen young men who testified against him at trial does not do much for him.

How sad and pathetic is it for this man to blame his adoptive son for him being in prison? Nothing stopped Sandusky from taking the stand. If he wanted to testify, he could have. He could have sat on the stand and said that all those young men lied to the jury, and explained what he believes happened. Yes, the prosecutor would have hit him with his son’s testimony during their rebuttal case, but there was nothing stopping Sandusky’s lawyers from challenging Matt’s claims or calling for a dismissal with the introduction of a last-minute witness.

Even if Sandusky’s lawyers did not want him to take the stand, it was Sandusky’s legal right to do so. So there is no one to blame for him not testifying except for himself.

But think of the broader argument Sandusky made: he essentially admitted that he could not defend himself; he needed Matt’s testimony.

I do not know if this letter played any role in Cleland’s decision. The letter makes Sandusky look even worse than he did before. It is understandable that his wife would stand by him, yet that is not helping the situation either. Jerry Sandusky comes across as the absolute scum of the earth, and he still does not seem to understand that people think that solely because of his other actions.

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One thought on “Playing the victim

  1. Sandusky’s journey to redemption is beginning. First he must show remorse, then repent, then redeem himself. His victims’ journey to forgiveness must also begin otherwise his incarceration is meaningless.

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