COMMENTARY | Today in a courtroom in Bellefonte, Pa., the defense portion of the Jerry Sandusky trial began. If today was any indication of the defense Sandusky’s legal team plans to put forth, he should have pleaded guilty. That would have at least saved the victims from the torment of testifying publicly about the abuse.
But perhaps this was not just about winning or losing when the verdict comes forth? Perhaps, resigned to certain conviction and life imprisonment, Sandusky wanted a trial so he could see these boys again? Perhaps he wanted a trial so he could hear the boys retell all the lurid details?
As sick as that sounds, what other explanation can there be?
Today, two former Penn State assistant coaches took the stand to testify for the defense.
First came Richard Anderson, who testified that Sandusky could not have done all these horrible things. Not because Jerry was a nice guy, or was not a pedophile, but because he was simply too darn busy.
Anderson said, “We all had those responsibilities where we had to recruit, which meant getting on the road. There were clinics that all of us did at one time or another at various locations, so those were things that we had to do. There were banquets, dinners, various places we were asked to speak at that went on regularly.”https://contributor.yahoo.com/content/article/pending/?content_type_id=9602444
Anderson and fellow former Penn State assistant coach Booker Brooks then testified that it was not unusual for coaches to share showers with their players, especially at youth camps, after a day of hard physical work.
Brooks said, “Throughout my life as a football coach, I’ve showered with younger men than myself — throughout my life and even currently right now, since I am a grandfather I take my grandchild to the local YMCA. Since she’s not old enough to go into a room by herself, we go in and we shower together.”
Both quotes are courtesy of MSNBC.
What is wrong with these people? These alleged victims are not Sandusky’s grandkids. These were not boys at overnight football camp who had spent all day practicing football on a dirty field in the July heat. Victim No. 6 last week testified he and Sandusky had spent less than 15 minutes in the gym, not even breaking a sweat, before Sandusky said it was shower time.
I hoped Sandusky would take the stand in his own defense. But by now it is clear that Sandusky will remain silent. The defense expects to rest Wednesday, with deliberations beginning Thursday.
It makes no difference. This trial was never really about guilt or innocence anyway, was it? Unless it was innocence lost.