In the Patriot-News, Sara Ganim has a lengthy new piece on Jerry Sandusky in which she contrasts Sandusky's recent "dumb jock" behavior (laughing and smiling on the stand, and so on) with his resume (helping develop outstanding defenses, writing a book, and so on). Here's one of the more interesting directions the story goes:â†µ
"The person I’m seeing today is not the same person I remember from seven years ago," [Sandusky acquaintance Kevin] Flintosh said ... "I have a hard time rationalizing that the guy so concerned with community, so eloquent, is the same person."â†µ
Flintosh immediately wondered if Sandusky is heavily medicated.â†µ
As part of a colloquy during the court hearing, Judge John M. Cleland asked Sandusky if he is taking medication ...â†µ
Sandusky answered yes ...â†µ
Is the medication altering his decision-making? No, the 68-year-old replied.â†µ
It would be unfortunate to speculate, but that's one possible explanation for some of the bizarre performances we've seen from Sandusky, including the infamous interview with Bob Costas where Sandusky sounded exhausted and out of sorts. Then again, it could just be that he's in a highly unusual situation. This isn't to express any sympathy for him, obviously, but I don't think any of us know how we might act if we were accused of crimes as grave as the ones Sandusky is accused of, especially if the accusations created an enormous amount of national attention.