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Jerry Sandusky's Lawyer Makes Unfortunate Gaffe


Extremist right-wing homophobes and hate groups have already tried to use the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case to push false and professionally discredited arguments that child molestation and pedophilia are linked to homosexuality, so don't expect them to ignore the phone number Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola suggested skeptics call in a press conference gaffe this week.

At one point, Amendola discussed the possibility that Mike McQueary witnessed a rape, told Joe Paterno and two university administrators, and no one did anything except tell Sandusky to stay out of the locker room with kids. To anyone who believes that version of events, Amendola said, "I suggest you dial 1-800-REALITY."

1-800-REALITY, as reporters quickly discovered, happens to connect to a triple-X gay phone line.

Writes the AP: "Amendola says he didn't know the number was real and vows not to use it again."


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  1. If the Sandusky case wasn't so sad, the gaffe might be funny

    Posted by: Fred | Dec 14, 2011 8:13:57 AM

  2. I just don't understand this attorney. Is he simply inept, or crazy like a fox in his strategy and tactics?

    Posted by: Albert | Dec 14, 2011 9:25:56 AM

  3. I'm surprised the media hasn't made much of the fact that Amendola and Sandusky have something in common: they're both sexually attracted to children.

    Amendola had an affair with one of his clients. At the time that she became pregnant, she was 16 and he was 49. She was 17 when the first baby was born. That's right, FIRST baby! She had a second baby by Amendola a few years later. He finally married her a couple of years after that but the marriage didn't last long. That was back in the 1990's.

    In the state of Pennsylvania, the age of consent is 16, so it was legal although highly unethical.

    Posted by: Ninong | Dec 14, 2011 9:28:01 AM

  4. yepp ninong

    It is also funny that few are talking about the judge that let sandusky out on bail......she was a voluntere at his "childrens" charity (the org that he used to farm out kids)

    strange again that the current repub governor was the attorney general when the allegations first surfaced and refused to arrest the guy.....where the laws of every state pretty much allow for the instant arrest of any sexual molester/ rapist just on an allegation...the repub governor also received tons of donations from Penn state alums for his run as governor

    Lots of crazy/ sleazy interconnectedness

    Posted by: say what | Dec 14, 2011 10:31:46 AM

  5. Say What: we know that PS coaches were treated well everywhere they went, but technically, the abuse charges would have been handled by county prosecutors.

    Posted by: anon | Dec 14, 2011 11:54:02 AM

  6. Not surprised, since Sandusky's attorney has been making the repeated gaffe of letting his client speak on television interviews, where he serially admits to being attracted to children - while his lawyer sits right there nodding. WTF?

    Posted by: Zlick | Dec 14, 2011 12:35:46 PM

  7. As a survivor of sexual assault as a child while living in this area of Pennsylvania in the '60-'70's ,I understand the culture of shame and secrecy heaped upon those children and the adults who protect (and are still protecting or denying abuse) the perp.
    The first reporting was in '98. The mother went to the police and to child services. Investigators underplayed the significance of the report made after Sandusky came to the home to speak with the mother (Sandusky's community standing was considered at the time impeccable) and the now missing without a trace prosicutor for the county, decided that there wasn't enough firm evidence for a conviction and let it drop. In poor counties with limited financial resources you don't bring charges unless you're sure you can win.
    All the thinking of people in this area, and I'm carrying the emotional scars to confirm it first hand, are to brush 'incidents' under the rug because, well, it's too embarassing for them to deal with. Sex with childin exists because non perp adults don't want to make themselves have the difficulty confronting it and sex is private, sex is shameful, this belief is communicated verbally and behavorially to the children clearly. Plus Sandusky used both threats and treats, as most 'grooming',targeting perps do, to keep the children in control. These children were from the most disadvantaged homes where adults never advocated for them and compared to neglect and emotional and/or physical abuse (or abandonment) Sandusky's assaults seemed to the children to be the lesser of the evils they confronted. Talk about self esteem destroying and appropriate conduct confusing and it's very understandable.
    Did you know that the first reporter ('02) to be taken seriously had to leave school because of physical and emotional bullying in school?
    The harassment of those who are already screwed keeps God knows how many others quiet who were victims of this sick bastard.
    Think about what decision you'd make confronting a powerful person as a child alone, your word against theirs. Imagine that your social support system would turn against you like it does and then think about whether you'd consider keeping quiet and suffering alone.
    Sandusky 's lawyer is a fellow perp. And stupid, thank God. May they both rot in hell.

    Posted by: Debra | Dec 16, 2011 9:55:35 PM

  8. The bottom line:
    Mike McQueary, Joe Paterno sought vindication under the “Letter of the Law” (only do what the law requires) and appear fearful or afraid to “Snitch on” Jerry Sandusky as being a suspected child molester employee at Penn State.
    Tim Curley and Gary Schultz didn’t honor the “Letter of the Law” or the “Spirit of the Law”. Everyone involved didn’t love these children like they were their own child, grandchild, cousin, or nephew etc.
    How sad that self-righteousness and moral purity are so easily trumped by job security and “I don’t want to get involved”; which leads to the many unnecessary and “Avoidable” molestations!!!

    Posted by: Arthur Trafford | Jan 24, 2012 3:48:18 AM

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