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Lawyer questions motives of July Sandusky dinner

Posted on: December 3, 2011 6:56 pm
Edited on: December 3, 2011 7:30 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

A laywer for one of the alleged victims in the Jerry Sandusky case has asked whether a dinner hosted by Sandusky in July could have been for the purposes of "manipulation and mental abuse" of potential witnesses.

The dinner took place at the Sandusky home with the police investigation into Sandusky fully underway. According to "Victim Six," who received the inviation and then phoned police, it was billed as a reunion of children who had worked with Sandusky's Second Mile charity.

Victim Six and Victim Two each attended the dinner and reported the ongoings at the dinner to police. While not known whether or not Sandusky discussed the investigation with the alleged victims, Victim Six lawyer Howard Janet says Sandusky's motivation has to be called into question:
"When you look at the invitation, look at how it's couched, the timing of it, and look at what his attorney has attempted to make of it, I think there are some very serious questions raised," Janet said ... 

"Why was he arranging to meet with victims while under investigation? Was he trying to tamper with or improperly influence potential witnesses? ... "Was he trying to use the victims' attendance at dinner to discredit their accusations against him as part of a devious strategic plan of defense?"
Janet also took issue with comments by Sandusky lawyer Joseph Amendola, including those concerning the dinner.

Despite the charges against him and the resulting scandal that cost Joe Paterno his job as Penn State head coach, Sandusky remains free on bail.

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 9:24 pm

Lawyer questions motives of July Sandusky dinner

Many victims continue relationships with their abusers because the perpetrator has isolated them and even though he is hurting them...he is all that they have.  Victims are programmed to be embarrassed and afraid of not being believed.  This is very common in the world of child abuse.  

Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:45 am

Lawyer questions motives of July Sandusky dinner

One of the links in the blog entry is to a story in the _Patriot-News_, the newspaper that first broke this story.

The linked story makes it clear that both victims immediately called the police after being invited to dinner by Sandusky. The police asked them to go to the dinner and then report back, in a continuing effort to gather evidence. One victim was asked to wear a wire but said he was too nervous to do so.

So, although Jerry Sandusky extended the initial invitation, both victims were there at police request. My hunch is that the police were hoping to get evidence of witness tampering to add to the counts against Sandusky.

It's not at all uncommon for child molesters to continue contact with their victims for many years in an attempt to control their behaviour and psychologically intimidate the victims from reporting the crimes. 

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 9:13 am

Lawyer questions motives of July Sandusky dinner

I wish everyone would stop worrying, this is a slam-dunk case that's going to go to trial and Sandusky (and hopefully some of the scum who helped cover his tracks) will get what they deserve.

You know, like Casey AnthonyYell

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: December 4, 2011 8:28 pm

In need of education

I'm no expert, and if you can educate me, go ahead. But why would grown men, who were abused by this guy as children, have any desire to go to his house for a dinner. You'd think if it was all bad, they would stay the heck away. Help me please?

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: December 4, 2011 11:32 am

Lawyer questions motives of July Sandusky dinner


you obviously dont understand the dynamics of abuse, so please keep to yourself.  thank you. 

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: December 4, 2011 10:57 am

Lawyer questions motives of July Sandusky dinner

The one thing that I question WTH did the alleged victims kept going back to work as ball boys? Some of them were there for six years!

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 4, 2011 12:22 am

Lawyer questions motives of July Sandusky dinner

How can this guy be free on bail?
The only crime that normal don't get bail is people who charge with murder, or people considered a flight risk. For some reason the Judge don't believe that Sandusky is a flight risk, they normal set the bail pretty high but it depend on the crime.

Since: Sep 20, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:49 pm

Lawyer questions motives of July Sandusky dinner

when the Devil throws a party here is what happens.....this man has shatterd so many lives, his young victims, the victim's parents and family, his wife and kids, Jo pa and the university as a whole. Players current and former ... the charity  many many people  have suffered and will suffer more because of this man's lust and abuse . I say a rope or a rifle round could end this.... but some out there belive in redemtion and rehabilitaion ....not me  I say death to all child rapists they have earned what is due to them

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:41 pm

Lawyer questions motives of July Sandusky dinner

Sandusky has spent a lifetime manipulating his victims, his players, his peers, and his family.  Why would it be a surprise that he would plan his defense long before the public even knew that he would or had been indicted.

He has used manipulation and deception in order to (allegedly) abuse his victimsto and also to hide the abuse.  There is no surprise in this because it has been his method of operation for a lifetime.

There is no doubt that the man is morally bankrupt and that he is very sick, but it also apparent that he isn't stupid.   

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: December 3, 2011 11:21 pm

Lawyer questions motives of July Sandusky dinner

*sigh* I agree. I'm surprised that after they found out that the judge that allowed him to get bail was a volunteer at Second Mile and should have (but didn't) recuse herself, they didn't throw that out and have another hearing with the newly appointed judge. It really just baffles me. And he and his attorney HAVE aruged that the boys (men) that attended that dinner would not have attended if they had really been abused. As a survivor of abuse and someone who works with male survivors, that is actually not the case at all - especially if they were led to believe that the dinner had something to do with the organization (a reunion dinner). This case just seems to get darker and darker as they peek under each stone.

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