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Jerry Sandusky Convicted: VIDEO


After two days of jury deliberation, former Nittany Lions defensive coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted late last night on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse. He faces up to 442 years in prison. From CNN:

Sandusky stood slightly hunched, looking down with his hand in his pocket but showing no visible emotion as the guilty verdicts were read out in court. His wife, Dottie, blinked back tears.

Judge John Cleland revoked Sandusky's bail and ordered his arrest. Video showed him leaving the courthouse in handcuffs and heading into a police car destined for the Centre County jail. He didn't say anything as reporters asked if he had anything to say to the victims before he ducked into the back seat.

Hear Anderson Cooper discussing the verdict with New Yorker legal writer Jeffrey Toobin, AFTER THE JUMP ...


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  1. Justice finally has been served to Sandusky.

    Now, what about the Penn State officials who ignored the warnings, and covered up Sandusky's crimes.

    And, how about the Roman Catholic bishops, archbishops, and cardinals who likewise conspired to hide the crimes of their priests.

    Shouldn't these callous, corrupt men be brought to justice?

    Shouldn't we see some of the Penn State Administrators and Roman Catholic hierarchy likewise do the 'walk of shame" for their failures and criminal misdeeds?

    Posted by: Continuum | Jun 23, 2012 9:24:23 AM

  2. All the macho posturing and masking of sports is finally ripped away. It's a cover for pedophilia -- just liike the fake piety of religion.


    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 23, 2012 9:39:27 AM

  3. and it turns out penn state within 2 hours of the verdict is already trying to settle all the financial issues out of court and public spotlight with the victims agreeing to remain quiet and not public civil trials to get the $

    penn state still trying to protect the brand over caring for the victims

    Posted by: say what | Jun 23, 2012 9:41:05 AM

  4. Continuum, Bravo, correct on ALL points, these people are the scum of the earth. There is not a place deeper in hell for these people. The people who look the other way are just as guilty as the ones who commit these crimes.
    There should be no statute of limitations for these crimes, most victims don't admit these things have happened until well into adulthood.

    Posted by: Iwontgrowup | Jun 23, 2012 9:43:47 AM

  5. lol, Continuum. Might as well ask for world peace too. There is no greater evil than the self-righteous man.

    Posted by: lessthan | Jun 23, 2012 9:44:29 AM

  6. I was angered to hear CNN's recent defense attorney Mark Geragos say last night he was disappointed "by the reaction of the cheering mob on the steps of the Bellafonte court house."

    STFU, Geragos. Please, STFU.

    Sandusky molested and raped at least 8 boys including his own son. He stole the innocence of these boys and statistics suggest they will have challenges to deal with the rest of their lives.

    The cheering crowd outside the Bellafonte court house expressed their satisfaction with a jury verdict that justly remanded the Monster of Happy Valley to prison for the rest of his miserable life.

    Posted by: Christopher di Spirito | Jun 23, 2012 9:55:17 AM

  7. These hierarchies need to be totally abolished and only civil liability can do that. Here's to giant financial awards, not settlements, for the victims who should at least have the satisfaction of seeing Paterno's giant estate eviscerated. It is fitting but not sufficient that his name will forever be synonymous with "unethical."

    The stadium should be torn down and turned into a park for contemplation of these crimes and the many willing accomplices. Lectures on ethics could be given there. The idea that Penn State still has a football program at all is galling.

    Posted by: Rob | Jun 23, 2012 10:00:52 AM

  8. How manyof those cheering on the coutrthouse steps were rioting last year when "Joe Pa" was fired for his complicity in Jerry Sandusky's crimes>

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 23, 2012 10:18:06 AM

  9. The religious zealots will soon be painting all of us with the same brush, but will fail to notice that Sandusky was NOT an openly gay, well adjusted man. He lived his life as a heterosexual and STILL identifies as straight. He is NOT one of us.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jun 23, 2012 10:20:53 AM

  10. Would have been nice if Mark Geragos - who always seems to think sexual abuse of children is sooo funny - had reacted the same way when Penn State jocks were creating a riot in honor of their sainted coach. But then again, he can't seem to find anything wrong with criminals as long as they are athletes.

    Posted by: Griff | Jun 23, 2012 10:28:35 AM

  11. can this be? Penn State officials were on record as saying that to stop Sandusky would not be "humane." How can the legal system be so "inhumane" as to send the bastard to jail for the rest of his life?

    As far as I'm concerned, every single Penn State official who winked at Sandusky's crimes should be in jail too. As should his lying wife, who blithely insisted she couldn't hear those boys crying for help in her basement. And quite frankly I'd like to see Joe Paterno's corpse dug up and left to rot in Sandusky's jail cell. Let the two of them continue to "build character" in young boys for all eternity--in hell.

    Posted by: jomicur | Jun 23, 2012 10:37:48 AM

  12. I just love all the self-righteousness and feigned concern for boys in these comments. Like any of you could care less about boys being the victims of anything, given your idolization of the female in all things. I think your real motives come through in your anti-sports and anti-football remarks, some subtle, some explicit (see Ehrenstein). Your hatred of (and fear of) men and all things masculine is your real underlying motivation in this instance.

    Just as your motive with regard to the priests is your hatred of Catholicism, not your concern for any male human being.

    If this were some tootsie queen who had done the same thing, you would be reacting entirely differently--you would forgive them for having "made a mistake" and blame what they did on a society that pressured them to be something they are not.

    But be assured, despite all the self-righteousness (and disingenuousness) in your reactions, all highly-publicized incidents like this--including those involving priests--are highly publicized in part because they involve male-male sex--The media attention and the strong public interest in such cases is largely driven by homophobia and the result of all the media attention will be an increase in homophobia.

    Incidents like this involving girls virtually never get the attention of the media--and there is a good reason for that.

    So stop kidding yourselves.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 23, 2012 11:00:03 AM

  13. Clearly Jerry Sandusky emboies "all things masculine" for "Rick"

    Nice role model ya got there.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 23, 2012 11:20:25 AM

  14. Yeah, the reason you are glad for the verdicts is because you hate sports and masculinity. None of you could possibly empathize, none of you could be moral or capable of a sense of justice served. It's because you idolize women.

    Such impeccable, unassailable logic. I am in awe, but only momentarily. Then, I consider the source.

    Pitiful, as always.

    Posted by: TJ | Jun 23, 2012 11:25:11 AM

  15. Rick: Pull the other one; it's got bells on!

    Posted by: Christopher | Jun 23, 2012 11:25:55 AM

  16. I hate sports, love men, and very selectively admire women.

    Thanks for playing

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 23, 2012 11:38:31 AM

  17. "Such impeccable, unassailable logic"

    Man-hating, "gender-non-conformist", effeminate men who value other male human beings only for their physical appearance are not driven by logic or rationality of any kind.

    Which is reflected in any valid assessment of their behavior.

    Of course, you can try and pretend that it is just "coincidence" that all the anti-sports and anti-football remarks are present in these comments, but they are there for a reason and despite your protestations, I am sure you know what that reason is.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 23, 2012 11:43:00 AM

  18. The Justice system made Jerry the TV and front page star pedophile while the Catholic Church remains hidden in the shadow of justice, while the countless pedophile Catholic priest who raped and abused countless children are let go to live their lives. The children who were raped and abused by Catholic priest suffer the rest of their lives. Where is the justice for them? Why don't they put all of the Catholic pedophiles on trial and put them on TV and on the front page? Where is the justice for all of the children the pedophile Catholic priest raped and abused? Why does the Pope and the Catholic Church not take full responsibility for the countless crimes against children their priest have committed?

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 23, 2012 11:44:04 AM

  19. Rick. You do not know me and you don't know the vast majority of gay people so STFU and don't pretend that you know what any of us think or feel about anything. We are not all the same. You do not speak for me.

    Posted by: Chadd | Jun 23, 2012 11:48:09 AM

  20. RICK - other than to tell I'm not taking your fetid bait, I'll not respond. And my hope would be that other than to mercilessly mock you for your utter ridiculousness, others not engage you in argument. You are a waste of time.

    Posted by: TJ | Jun 23, 2012 11:52:32 AM

  21. "I hate sports, love men, and very selectively admire women."

    You hate sports because you fear masculinity.

    You don't love men, you love sex with men, particularly the more masculine ones (such as those who play football or other violent sports). (Read my comments in the thread linked below from the other day for an explanation of why)

    You selectively admire women--yes, precisely the women who behave bitchily towards men, objectify men, and hate men, themselves (using them for sex and then discarding them). Think Madonna.

    There; fixed it for you.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 23, 2012 11:59:17 AM

  22. This pig hopefully will get shanked to death in a prison shower or something. I certainly hope so. A more contemptible excuse for a human being I don't know. Too bad his old lady, whom I believe was well aware of what was going on, doesn't receive her just punishment too.


    @David Ehrenstein,

    You've got issues my friend. You sound like a person filled with unadulterated rage with a large dose of odious self-righteousness. What happened growing up? Not enough hugs?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 23, 2012 12:05:46 PM

  23. The problem with a lot of these cases is that delay between the crime and the indictment is so long that case becomes extremely weak based on the physical evidence alone and the foggy memories of the witnesses. In theory, if the victims had a safe harbor of trust with the authorities, a sting operation could be set up in short order to catch the perps in the act (so to speak). Almost all vice crime is handled that way. However, accusing an otherwise respected leader of the community of a major crime makes this much harder because you are essentially indicting the entire establishment, not just the individual and no one wants in on guilt. They'd rather play dumb then dip their toes in the stench of systemic failure.

    It's easy for members of the press to castigate the authorities, but they too were looking the other way.

    This case has a second dark element in that the one prosecutor who was looking into the charges early disappeared without a trace. What was that all about?

    Posted by: anon | Jun 23, 2012 12:12:37 PM

  24. Can you hear them now, Mrs. Sandusky?

    Posted by: Verizon | Jun 23, 2012 12:19:19 PM

  25. His wife must be pretty dumb not knowing what is going on. The fact that she is still supporting him indicate that their marriage may be just an arrangement or cover up and she is doing it for money. He probably never tickled her or showered with her to produce any biological children.

    Posted by: simon | Jun 23, 2012 12:22:05 PM

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