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Jerry Sandusky's Legal Move

Worst Strategy Ever

12/13/2011 10:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jerry Sandusky Penn State
Some of the top criminal defense lawyers in L.A. tell TMZ ... they are "astonished" that Jerry Sandusky's lawyer waived his right to a preliminary hearing, because it would have been the only possible way the former Penn State assistant coach could've beaten the child molestation rap.

The lawyers were unanimous -- the prelim was the ONLY opportunity Sandusky's attorney had to test the veracity of the alleged victims before the trial.  As one criminal defense lawyer put it, "The prelim is where the lawyer can lock down the victim's story.  It's the only time Sandusky's lawyer can probe as to why such a long delay in reporting the crime." 

Crimes that are not reported for years create inherent problems for prosecutors, not the least of which are fading memories and exaggerations over time.  There's also a "me too" dynamic in these cases -- people riding the wave and saying they were also victims.  The prelim is where the defense can mine these weaknesses.

One of the defense lawyers we spoke with scoffed at Sandusky's statement this morning ... that he will fight for four quarters:  "Waiving the preliminary hearing is like laying down on the field for the first half of the game."

The lawyer said, "If Sandusky's lawyer is worried about bad publicity, it's not like it could get any worse," adding, "The decision to waive prelim is mind-numbingly stupid."

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1044 days ago


What's a stragegy?

1044 days ago


Thanks for the heads up. I thought it was stupid too. Seems he's trying to control his victims a little longer.

1044 days ago

There's a problem here    

"STRAGEGY" ... must be some type of Harveyesque legal term. On the other hand, this sick f**k will probably luck out and die of a heart attack or ball rot before he gets to court, and those poor kids (now mostly adults, but they were and will always be kids he raped and assaulted) will never get to have power over the pathetic POS he is.

1044 days ago


It might be a horrible legal strategy but considering the guy is guilty it makes sense as a personal strategy that he is too much of a ***** to face his victims.

1044 days ago


He waved it because they know he is totally f-cked and this prelim would just expose more details and build more sympathy for the victims.

1044 days ago


I'm not up on legal strategy but it seems that if this is a stupid strategy it was matched by him letting his loose cannon pedophile client smile and comment proudly in public how much he "enjoys" kids. It seems his lawyer is either a moron or is stacking the deck because he wants him convicted.

1044 days ago


No one can figure out Amendola's strategy. First, he encourages and arranges for his client to make public statements about the charges and now he waives the prelim. Gotta ask yourself is he nuts, incompetent, or crazy like a fox?

1044 days ago


Because he is guilty and they have no idea how to deal with it so they "need more time." They just made him look more guilty then he already is. Who are his lawyers? Dumbest move ever.

1044 days ago


I don't think there is anything stupid about it. He's guilty as sin and knows it. So does his wife.

There are 11 boys, now young men who pretty much say the same thing. Will be more.

Chances are he will probally be dead before this is over.

1044 days ago


I'd like to think that his lawyer believes Sandusky is guilty and vile and is purposely sabotaging the trial without making it too obvious.

OK, back to reality.

1044 days ago


Isn't it amazing that Sandusky has not killed himself yet?

1044 days ago


Get this guy a 38 and a taxi ride into the woods.

1044 days ago


Maybe his guilt is guiding his decisions.

1044 days ago


He is so guilty.......I bet he yelled touch down every time he stuck it in a boy- pervert! Rot in jail.

1044 days ago
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