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Jerry Sandusky Trial: Sandusky, Accusers Digging In Heels

Joe Amendola, the lawyer for Jerry Sandusky, told the media Tuesday morning that his client will not be taking any deal.

Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, addressed the media and insists that this case will go to trial. He is not considering a plea deal.

Amendola had previously implied that Sandusky might eventually consider taking a plea, but that doesn’t seem likely now. Which, in a way, makes sense – it’s hard to imagine Sandusky being offered a plea that isn’t, functionally, the rest of his life in prison, so there isn’t much incentive for him to take one unless the trial gets too ugly for him. (Someone made a similar point a couple weeks ago, but I can’t remember who.)

Amendola also engaged in some batting-the-beehive stuff:

“There have been candlelight vigils for victims, when in fact all we have are accusers.” – Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola

Seriously, what a terrible thing to say. And an unwise thing, as almost no one seems to be sympathetic to Sandusky at this point, and a comment like this is sure to anger Sandusky’s accusers.

Meanwhile, it seems unlikely that Sandusky’s alleged victims will back down.

A representative for Victim 4 also gave a statement on behalf of his client. He assured that he will “stand his ground.”

Between the awful stories the accusers have told and Amendola’s standoffish attitude, it seems like a trial could get very ugly indeed.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.