Sandusky did not simply rape a child, or multiple children, he insidiously made himself an integral part of the lives of the most vulnerable: children without fathers who were so starved for attention and affection from an adult male that he had many of them believing for a time that his sick and perverted interest in them was something to be treasured.
He got away with victimizing children for so long because he falsely established himself as a caring, devoted, giving humanitarian whose goal was to help children in need, and because he was a kingpin in the untouchable, all-important Penn State University football program. As one pitiable victim testified about why he did not come forward, he asked who would believe "kids" against Jerry Sandusky, defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions, Second Mile mogul and king of State College?
I hope we see how inconsequential the violent sport of football is in the grand scheme of things upon examining this horrific case.
Defense attorney Joseph Amendola opened the trial with the bizarre but accurate statement that Sandusky "loves kids so much that he does things none of us would ever do." He also unwisely said that if Sandusky committed the grave crimes of which he was accused, he would deserve to rot in jail for the rest of his life. With thanks to God, to the dedicated jury that heard the case, and to the Attorney General's Office and the State Police which facilitated the prosecution, he shall.
Now the prayers of people of goodwill are with the many Sandusky victims, including any additional silent sufferers who did not come forward in advance of this trial. Their lives shall never be fully pieced back together, but they surely have some comfort in knowing that justice shall be dispensed to the wicked, calculating man who targeted them for criminal exploitation.
Oren M. Spiegler
Upper Saint Clair, Pa.
Michael Davis, the school district's general counsel, stated that he needed more outside lawyers to handle cases because "half the law department was laid off last summer as a result of the district's financial crisis."
I would have thought that the school district's legal staff would be much cheaper than outside lawyers.
Could the work be going to law firms that contributed money to the proper people?
Isn't this another method of contracting out employees' work by the school district?
But the big story on Distraction News …
Now that the coach and the priest trials are over, we need something interesting to read about and talk about over the summer.
Fiction won't do. We need another ex-football star leading police on a slow-speed chase that ends with a spectacular miscarriage of justice.
We need another stripper jumping into the tidal basin — the Swann Fountain will do — that ends with the resignation of the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.
We need another news anchor reading the private emails of his on-air equal that ends with both their firings.
These are just a few examples.