Jerry Sandusky appeared in court today for his sentencing hearing. Pennsylvania is like Tennessee in where the judge sentences a person after the jury determines guilt or innocence. A sentencing hearing is a very important stage of the case.It went poorly for Sandusky and it is likely he will die in prison. Sandusky did two things wrong at his sentencing hearing.
First , a tape was leaked where it is alleged that he made a statement about the case. The Patriot News published the full statement. Here is just a portion ;
“I’m responding to the worst loss of my life. First, I looked at myself. Over and over, I asked why? Why didn’t we have a fair opportunity to prepare for trial? Why have so many people suffered as a result of false allegations? What’s the purpose? Maybe it will help others; some vulnerable children who could be abused, might not be because of all the publicity. That would be nice, but I’m not sure about it.
“I would cherish the opportunity to become a candle for others, as they have been a light for me. They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster, but they can’t take away my heart. In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts.
“My wife has been my only sex partner that was after marriage. Our love continues.
“A young man who was dramatic, a veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything. He was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. They won. I’ve wondered what they really won: Attention, financial gain, prestige will all be temporary.”
It is not a good idea to give a taped statement on the eve of a sentencing hearing when you are asking the court to impose a light sentence.
Secondly , it appears his statement in court again claimed his evidence against enormous evidence of his guilt. Testimony before a judge must include remorse and feelings for the victims rather than they made it all up. Judges expect you to fight the case , but once you are convicted all judges want to hear that you are truly sorry for the conduct that lead to the criminal behavior.