Seriously, Counsel? That’s your best defense tactic?

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I don’t want to talk about the Sandusky case in terms of his guilt or innocence. Obviously what he has been accused of his heinous and evil; we should let the justice system work itself out.

What I do want to comment on is how ridiculous Mr. Amendola, his lawyer is. When I saw Monday night’s actual interview live, I was literally screaming at the TV that Mr. Sandusky’s lawyer was quite possibly the worst attorney practicing; Leave it to comedian John Stewart to articulate why

Let’s pretend though for a minute that Mr. Sandusky hadn’t come out looking incredibly creepy and sounded so stilted in his response to the question of whether he was sexually attracted to underaged boys.  Let’s pretend he came across as totally believably innocent.  What then?  His recollection of events was never going to come in at trial.  The prosecutor would never put it on for the jury and the rules of evidence wouldn’t allow Mr. Amendola to play it for the jury, because its hearsay.  Mr. Sandusky would have to take the stand and do it all over again, perfectly.

But he clearly didn’t do a good job.  He made admission after admission.  Any denials were ham-handed and you bet your bottom dollar that the prosecution is going to play this interview for any jury they get.  And it will kill the defenses case.  Mr. Amendola has practiced law in Pennsylvania since 1973, the year before I was born, and I am left wondering… what was his strategy?  His colleagues in Pennsylvania have gone to bat for him in interviews saying he is a good lawyer, but judge by this colossal misstep I am left to wonder.

As far as I can tell, Sandusky’s lawyer is simply hoping to turn this into a payday by increasing his notoriety.  It seems to me unlikely that his client was begging to go on national television.  The New York Times has reported that the interview was a complete surprise to Bob Costas, with Mr. Amendola asking him 15 minutes before the interview on his own: ‘What if I could get Sandusky on the phone?’ Was it a surprise to Mr. Sandusky as well?  Clearly he was not ready for any of the questions his lawyer never should have put him in the position of answering.  There was no strategic advantage to doing this, from the get go it was only going to hurt his client. As far as I can tell, he has totally sold his client out.

This is not a case about winning a publicity campaign.  Mr. Sandusky’s life and career, however this case was going to end were clearly over.  No one would ever hire him to work with children or young adults.  The number and character of the accusations alone are something that no one could recover from.  All Mr. Amendola could do as the defense attorney in this case was keep his client from spending the remainder of his life in prison.  That was his one job and he blew it up on Monday night.


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Some things you should know about me is that I am an attorney in Grand Junction, Colorado with a practice that mainly consists of criminal defense and immigration work.  I own my own practice:  Aaron Norris, LLC located in downtown Grand Junction, CO.

I am a graduate of the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder.