Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Jerry Sandusky vows "fight to the death" against boys he abused

Jerry Sandusky's attitude toward his victims is sadly common among human beings. Sandusky sees his victims as abusers because they made accusations against him. He feels they should leave him alone.

This attitude is actually startlingly common. Many people feel no remorse when they are called out for wrongdoing; instead, they attack their victims once again. They hire a lawyer that cares only about winning. Sadly, many insurance companies do this to the people that pay them for health insurance. I'm experiencing this same attitude from Kaiser Permanente. It's especially creepy when your doctor and your insurance company are one and the same, as in Kaiser Permanente. Then you end up with your doctor working to harm your health! At least with fee for service insurers, it isn't your doctor who's denying necessary care.

Vowing 'fight to the death,' Sandusky waives hearing in child sex-abuse case
Sandusky waives hearing, vows to fight charges
Associated Press
Dec. 13, 2011

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky opted against forcing his accusers to make their claims of child sex abuse in a packed courtroom Tuesday but then took his case to the courthouse steps as his lawyer assailed the credibility of the alleged victims and witnesses.

"There will be no plea negotiations," defense lawyer Joseph Amendola said. "This is a fight to the death."

Waiving such a preliminary hearing is not unusual but it was unexpected in this case: Amendola repeatedly had said his client was looking forward to facing his accusers. Afterward, he called the cancellation a "tactical decision" to prevent the men from reiterating the same claims they made to the grand jury.

Lawyers for the alleged victims said some were relieved they would not have to make their claims in public before a trial, but others said they had steeled themselves to face Sandusky and were left disappointed.

"It would have been apparent from watching those boys and their demeanor that they were telling the truth," said Howard Janet, a lawyer for a boy whose mother contacted police in 1998 after her son allegedly showered with Sandusky.

Sandusky has denied the allegations, which led to the departures of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and the university president. He is charged with more than 50 counts that accuse him of sexually abusing 10 boys over the span of 12 years...

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