Jerry Sandusky Hearing: Unique Defense Can't Exonerate Disgraced Coach

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistDecember 12, 2011

We are just 24 hours away from the most important day in the life of Jerry Sandusky, and his attorney, Joe Amendola, is going to go the end of the earth defending him and proving his client is innocent of all the charges levied against him. 

There may not be a way to exonerate Sandusky in the court of public opinion, but if there is an avenue that can be taken in a court of law, rest assured Amendola will look for it. 

In a detailed report from Mary Claire Dale of the Associated Press, Amendola knows exactly how he is going to attack the hearing and it probably won't sit too well with the accusers or the public that has already vilified his client. 

Despite widespread criticism of his tactics, and questions about his own personal life, the Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Penn State says he's ready to face his client's accusers at a preliminary hearing Tuesday. About 200 reporters and spectators are expected at the hearing, when a judge will decide if there's enough evidence to hold the case for trial.


His defense strategy has been, at a minimum, unorthodox. Legal experts are left wondering if Amendola, a small-town solo practitioner working in the glare of the national spotlight, is at loose ends—or crazy like a fox.

A daylong procession of young men are expected to testify Tuesday that they were sexually abused by Sandusky, the longtime defensive coordinator for Penn State's powerhouse football program and the onetime heir apparent to Paterno, major college football's winningest coach.

As unorthodox as Amendola's strategy may or may not be, the mountain of evidence and testimony that has piled up against Sandusky over the last month is likely going to be too much for him to overcome. 

It is going to take a small miracle for anyone to not think Sandusky at least deserves to be put on trial for all of the accusations brought against him. 

I am not a lawyer, so I can't say whether or not there is enough to actually convict Sandusky, but there can't be a way to keep this out of court. 

Unless Amendola has a magical rabbit that he can pull out of his hat, there is no defense that will keep Sandusky out of court.