Sandusky’s Continuing Cowardice
The horror movie playing right now in a small courtroom in Bellefonte, Pa., didn’t have to happen.
None of the eight alleged victims of 68-year-old former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky should’ve been made to squirm on the witness stand and tell how Sandusky reportedly molested them in campus showers, basement bedrooms, even the football team sauna.
Testifying under their own names, they wept. They whispered. They trembled. One left the courthouse with a black bag over his head. Justice shouldn’t cost this much.
But all eight of these young men, ages 18 to 28, had to testify because Jerry Sandusky didn’t have the guts or the courage or the decency to cop a plea and go to jail. He could’ve saved them the pain, the shame and the degradation.
His only chance is this jury trial, and hoping beyond hope that one of his stupid defenses cons the jury. Because for him, one day in prison is just as bad as 100 years. In fact, I think a shorter prison term would be worse, because if he gets a very long bid, they’ll hold him in protective custody for awhile, and at some indeterminate point in the future, after he’s all but forgotten, the guards will look the other way. If he gets a short bid, the guards have an incentive to look the other way sooner.
That’s why we have not yet heard about the death of Michael Devlin. That’s because he’s in for virtually the rest of his life; the guards can afford to be patient.