Conspiracy, Liability at Penn State? Convicted Jerry Sandusky Lashes Out
A tsunami moment in sports, it changed the college football world – and maybe our larger universe. And now the convicted predator is talking.
Maybe Jerry Sandusky is breathing some last burst of fire, his words directed at Penn State as he goes to prison. He is place-kicking a final cheap shot at a storied program he helped to tear down. But is he admitting a crime? No.
No, instead Mr. Sandusky is railing. He insists he is no pariah. No . . . he’s a victim too. As he states through his criminal attorney, collusion by the Penn State hierarchy is the reason – not the painful, resonating testimony of his victims.
Whatever our popular gut reaction, let’s be patient, be wiser. Mr. Sandusky is imprisoned by his own mental bars. And this isn’t the Wild West. Instead, let’s embrace ourselves – for not throwing up a noose. Mr. Sandusky already has his punishment. His parting shots, to be certain, are from a little man.
Maybe our sense should be this: Vegeance is not the way to go. It sounds trite, in a difficult world. (Think of 09/11 and the conflict still within us.)
Just maybe we should be stronger: We should embrace the victims and ourselves. We should take the high road and not become vengeful to the convicted. Too often a wrongdoing is painfully obvious – and too often the perpetrators end up prisoners of themselves. So there’s no reason to add to this, the pain. Everyone needs a fair shake, no matter the situation.
Maybe Mr. Sandusky doesn’t realize just how lucky he is. U.S. justice may be severe – but it doesn’t believe in retribution. To paraphrase a wiser man (Santayana): Learn from history – or be forced to repeat it. In other words, move on – as Penn State has – and celebrate the present, the future.
A law firm – with a sensitive, proactive staff – should be responsive to these moments, moments shrouded by personal grief. When reason has left the room, a good law firm should step in – to resolve dark moments, to provide a ray of light.