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Joe Amendola would ‘die of a heart attack’ if Sandusky was acquitted of all charges

Jerry Sandusky, Joe Amendola AP

For the second straight day, the jury for the Jerry Sandusky trial deliberated over evidence and was even re-read the testimonies from former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary and family friend, Dr. Jonathan Dranov. The deliberation process could go through the weekend.

There’s plenty to consider. Sandusky is facing 48 counts related to child-sex abuse (four counts were eventually dismissed), but it’s always worth noting that the former Penn State defensive coordinator is technically innocent until proven guilty and entitled to the due process of the law.

That said, let’s be real honest with each other: I would be stunned if Sandusky was acquitted of all charges, and you would be stunned if Sandusky was acquitted of all charges.

So, too, would Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola.

In an interview with reporters on Friday, Amendola said it would be “a shock”, adding that he would “probably die of a heart attack“, if his client was able to walk away from the trial completely freed of all charges against him. Amendola, apparently willing to speak on the record despite a judge-issued gag order, also dropped the following nuggets, courtesy of

“Do you know what the odds are of walking on 52 charges? The likelihood is strong he will be convicted of something.”

“Jerry is an overgrown child. Kids tend to be naive and not really appreciate the seriousness of what they are facing.”

Well then. Not to make light of a dreadful story, but at least we know Amendola’s lawyer rhetoric is good for something.

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10 Responses to “Joe Amendola would ‘die of a heart attack’ if Sandusky was acquitted of all charges”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 22, 2012 9:14 PM

    Can Amendola actually represent Sandusky and make such a statement? Under a judge imposed gag order, no less? Maybe it represents what he truly thinks, but doesn’t that sound like poor legal representation and possible contempt of court?

    I guess Amendola would join me and about all the rest of America. Not that we would die of a heart attack, but I (at least) would be truly disappointed in the jury system.

  2. Deb says: Jun 22, 2012 9:28 PM

    “Incompetent counsel” is a fairly common ground for appeal even when the attorney is stellar. Maybe Amendola is just helping his client lay the groundwork.

    Would love to say I’d find an acquittal shocking, but we’ve seen them before in seemingly slam-dunk cases. I’m just thankful the prosecutors have other victims willing to press charges and testify should something go wrong here. At least there would be an opportunity for a do-over to help ensure that justice is served. I believe in the presumption of innocence, but the evidence in this case is overwhelming. This monster–and his enablers–should reap what they’ve sown.

  3. mountaineer50415 says: Jun 22, 2012 9:52 PM

    If the jury comes back with a not guilty I for one would be flabergasted. However, it would even be worse if they say guilty of all charges to have it thrown out because of his attorney. If that happens his attorney needs to go to jail. What a crock of stupidity.
    They will not hear it though. They can not get near the public until they have a verdict. Sure will be glad when this is over.

  4. whodoes says: Jun 22, 2012 9:55 PM

    No, this likely isn’t a problem in terms of representation. If he said it in front of a jury, sure, it might potentially be a problem.

    At any rate, it sounds like (and if not, he can spin it) he was commenting on the realities of cases like this.

    The reference to 52 charges echoes a complaint that many defense attorneys have raised in criminal justice. The complaint is that when a defendant is hit with so many charges, a jury will typically convict the defendant on at least something, with the jury’s thinking being that the defendant must be guilty of something.

    And I’m pretty sure Amendola was referencing another commonly raised problem with these types of cases. When a guy is accused by multiple children of abuse, a jury isn’t going to let the guy walk and it would truly be a shock if they did (see, e.g.,

    Think about it: just about all of us believe Sandusky is guilty. How difficult would it be for anyone to believe he’s guilty of sexually abusing numerous children but to look at the jury form and check not guilty on 52 charges? Pretty darn difficult.

    When I see Amendola’s comments, I put it in that context. It doesn’t surprise me that much to see a defense attorney saying that in a case like this. He’s more than likely attacking the veracity of the system than he is commenting on the actual innocence of his client. Not atypical at all.

  5. thefiesty1 says: Jun 22, 2012 10:36 PM

    Put him in the same cell. That’s what he gets for defending that pervert.

  6. Revolution22 says: Jun 22, 2012 10:46 PM

    “Jerry is an overgrown child.”

    I can’t even believe someone would utter that statement. Makes me SICK!

    Well, he’s gonna have to put on his big boy pants now, and take what he dished out to all those kids now. Good riddance, Sandicksky. Burn in hell!

  7. dmcgrann says: Jun 22, 2012 10:51 PM

    Maybe, after all of this publicity, Amendola can upgrade his office space from a converted Men’s Room at an old Texaco to a kiosk in the Mall next to the cellular phone skin and cases kiosk and the battery kiosk.

    Not much of an attorney. If they appeal based on “ineffective counsel”, that will piss me off.

  8. horses721 says: Jun 22, 2012 11:46 PM

    It makes me sick how many people still support this maggot and give a thumbs down on anything negative that is said about Sandusky. Penn State is now a national joke with the cover up that has gone on for so long. I hope there is a federal investigation into this university that protected this scumbag in order to protect the money they make from the “disgraced” football program! ROT IN HELL PATERNO FOR PROTECTING THIS MAGGOT!

  9. whodoes says: Jun 23, 2012 1:55 AM

    After seeing Amendola’s post-conviction interviews and comments, perhaps I was giving him too much credit.

  10. customfish says: Jun 23, 2012 10:00 AM

    Well said Horses721! Please send in the next PSU lying scumbag cult member. Heads are going to roll…

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