“Media Frenzy” May Discourage Penn State Defense Witnesses


Witnesses who had purportedly agreed to testify on behalf of former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky may be afraid to come forward out of fear of the intense media spotlight on the case, say Sandusky attorney Joseph Amendola tells the Philadelphia Inquirer. Their ranks include a man who believes he is the unidentified victim in an alleged 2002 incident in which a graduate assistant reportedly saw Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy. “This guy voluntarily came in to see me and was eager to testify that no sexual activity had occurred,” Amendola said. “Now, he’s running scared.”

Prosecutors allege that Sandusky, 67, molested at least eight boys he met through the Second Mile, the charity he founded for at-risk youth. From assistant coach Mike McQueary, now on administrative leave, to the arraignment judge, who has been criticized for not recusing herself because of ties to the Second Mile, nearly everyone connected to the case has faced hounding, Amendola said. “Everyone who said they’d support him and come out publicly and tell everyone what a great guy Jerry was, they’ve all been exposed by the media frenzy,” he said. “They’re all afraid. Even his own kids are reluctant now.”

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