So as we speak (or read), closing arguments have begun in the trial of Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky. Just as a quick review, Sandusky is charged with 51 counts of child sex abuse involving 10 alleged victims over a 15-year span dating back to the mid-1990s. The charges are 11 counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, nine counts of indecent assault, nine counts of unlawful contact with a minor, 10 counts of corruption of minors, 10 counts of endangering a child’s welfare, one count of aggravated indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault. All of this amount to one sentence of “go to hell in gasoline underpants.”
In what was a much shorter trial than i think any of us imagined, countless victims were paraded on the witness stand, forced to relive the horror that was Sandusky. I can’t imagine being one of those boys or one of their parents, having to sit in that courtroom and be faced again with the memory of “his penis pressed against my back”, or how they were seduced into allowing Sandusky McNasty to perform oral sex on them at young ages.
And in case you missed it, the crux of the defense was that Sandusky, and other coaches who testified in his defense, often horsed around and took showers with the students. *blank stare* They also alleged that Sandusky suffers not from the Nasty Man’s Disease, but from Histronic Personality Disorder, a condition where someone behaves in a dramtic fashion to get attention. Boy bye.
As a lawyer, I was taught that folks are innocent until proven guilty. Welp. Sorry Charlie. I have all the proof I need. Jerry Sandusky, if convicted of all charges, could face up to 500 years in prison. I’d prefer a more Game of Thrones-ish type punishment–sword to the bak of the neck, followed by a swift kick to break the neck bone and complete the beheading. A bit strong huh? Well a grown man who systematically profiles, lures, grooms, and seduces young men, shouldn’t be spared any expense or creativity in punishment.
I’ll take bets on how long the jury will take to reach a verdict in this case. But I’d bet the ranch on him being convicted of most if not all charges that remain when the case gets sent to the jury. This jury is made up of 7 women and 5 men (and 4 alternates), ALL with unavoidable connections to Penn State. That can play against Slimy Sandusky or in his favor. My guess is against. 7 women? Women are usually your toughest jurors and in a case of sexual abuse, probably a defense attorney’s worst nightmare. If it takes longer than a day, we’ll discuss more, but I have a feeling, if the jury gets this case by today, by the time the cock crows tomorrow, we’ll have a verdict. (Pun not intended…..kind of).