Jerry Sandusky Guilty: Is It the Right Call?

Jerry Sandusky will probably spend the rest of his life in prison. Do you agree with the verdict? Vote in our poll.

Disgraced ex-Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was declared guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse Friday night, resulting in a likely de facto life sentence for the 68-year-old.

The guilty verdicts include 25 felony counts that could add up to 442 years in prison.

Sandusky, dressed in a brown sports coat, was immediately taken into custody and led from the courthouse in handcuffs.

The jury—which included many people with close ties to Penn State University—deliberated for only 20 hours, making a guilty verdict seem like a foregone conclusion.

The two-week trial featured damning testimony against Sandusky, who was accused of performing anal and oral sex on boys as young as eight years old. Even Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt, said his father abused him as well.

Despite the lack of physical evidence and the time that had elapsed since the commission of the crimes, Sandusky's attorneys were unable to discredit the eight accusers. They declined to put their client on the stand.

“I feel, like many others, that the rapidity which with this jury has reached [a verdict] makes it all but certain it should be a guilty verdict,” Michael Boni, attorney for “Victim No. 1” told CNN’s Piers Morgan minutes before the decision was announced.

Even Sandusky’s own legal team didn’t expect an acquittal. Earlier Friday, Sandusky’s attorney Joseph Amendola said he would “probably die of a heart attack” if the ex-coach was found not guilty.

Tell us: Did the jury reach the right verdict? Vote in the poll; sound off in the comments.

Kathy June 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM
We have to assume that the jury reached the right decision--they were the ones who heard all the evidence and saw the testimony of the accusers. Our legal system is based on the careful weighing of evidence by impartial jurors. Popular opinion polls that ask if the jury "reached the right decision" of people who were not in that court room and know nothing of the case except what they read from the headlines are rather useless. Yes, every person is entitled to his or her opinion, but that doesn't mean that the opinion is valuable!
Kathy June 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM
But I think that I am just being cranky today!
David J Iacono June 23, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Now Sandusky can take showers with the prison boys.
romeo valianti June 23, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I just wish that he would have been reported much earlier . His trial would have removed him nuch sooner from the coaching ranks than we could have saved some of those boys from having to go through this terrible tragedy. We alo nust realize that Sandusky is SICK and now should get the help he needed a long time agao. He will have a lifetime to heal .
John D. Witiak June 23, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I wonder how long, if ever, will it take him to know that he did wrong. Which is why there are sex offender registries. Next, other priests, culpable bishops, cardinals and the Pope and past Popes...and if only they were still alive, those who escaped justice. As well as the guilty who hold trust of children anywhere and everywhere. There should be no relenting on perpetrators of this horrible crime.
Kathy June 23, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Yes, the failure of the Catholic Church (although this is not limited to them) to safeguard children was a shameful episode, which will rank with the inquisition and the Crusades in their history.
Kathy June 23, 2012 at 02:07 PM
very true--there were students who saw this happen, but the few that came forward were brushed off by the school. I guess they were afraid to risk the consequences of exposing this popular coach. Had he been removed from his position the first time this happened, so many children would never have had to go through the agony he inflicted on them.
Buck Harmon June 23, 2012 at 02:17 PM
I agree with you...and if that's cranky you must be pretty nice..
Ginger June 23, 2012 at 04:26 PM
This is absolutely wrong and he'll pay for the rest of his life. It's terrible to the children. I hope and pray many men will be more compassionate to women and listen to them also.
romeo valianti June 23, 2012 at 08:02 PM
John, Your now taking the whole church as well as good Catholic sdown the wrong road I hope your not as sick as Sandusky who now has plenty of time to think about how much hurt and pain he has caused to the families as well as his own. John as an 88 year old Catholic , I have never heard nor have I read where past Popes, Cardinals , Bishops were involved in having sex with little boys. Please tell me when and where that happened so I can speak out because I dont care where or when something like the Sandusky case happens, ITS WRONG and all of us should take a stand regardless of their religious beliefs.
John D. Witiak June 23, 2012 at 08:51 PM
I certainly cannot disagree with your position, Romeo. My point is that it is difficult if not impossible for me to believe that from the Pope on down to the priests and the seminarians that knew and used their holier than though, secretive good old boy network to not only cover up the crimes but also perpetuate them ad nauseum by casting the virus of the sexual predator out to prey on unsuspecting parents and their children who trusted them. I agree whoever they are they be identified and brought to justice.betrustedthem. I said, anywhere and
John D. Witiak June 23, 2012 at 09:15 PM
The present scandal in the Catholic church, I believe has to do with the male hierarchy, not with parishioners or nuns. And yes, as Mr. Sandusky demonstrated, heros can be predators. Even with his adopted son. If there is a classification of human beings who have not had predators, and those who are willing to hide them from the law, I'd like you to point it out. I just think secrecy and inequality are fertile ground for such horrible crimes against humanity. The hierarchy of the Catholic church seems to illustrate it this better than any other group.
John Culleton June 27, 2012 at 07:32 PM
The scandal in the RC Church goes back to at least 1941 to my own knowledge. For a fiction work that nevertheless tells the truth about the coverup see the book "Death Wore Black" that I published through Wexford Press. The author is a retired police chief named Bill Redding. Although almost all the abusers were male and about 90% of the victims also male there have been females abused and a few female abusers in Ireland at least.


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