Late Friday evening, the jury delivered the Jerry Sandusky verdict, finding the former Penn State assitant coach guilty on 45 of 48 counts of child abuse and related charges. His sentencing will occur in about 3 months, but needless to say, the 66-year old will spend the rest of his life in prison. The jury deliberated for two long days, about 20 hours, following three weeks of hearing testimony. Now that Part One of this scandal is completed, we can expect additional civil trials as victims seek further justice. Several members of Penn State′s staff may also be subject to criminal charges for their role in covering up Sandusky′s deviant behavior.
So what do you think? As an open thread, this is your opportunity to vent and comment on the trial and scandal. Do you think Sandusky will be punished enough sentenced to say, 400 years in prison? Does this case warrant the death penalty? What about Penn State? Should the school be punished? Suspended from fielding a football team for several years? How much money should be offered to the victims to settle? Who else deserves to be jailed for allowing Sandusky to run amok?
These are all valid questions now that the Jerry Sandusky jury reaches a verdict. There seems little doubt that Penn State will be scarred for many years due to the scandal. That the jury found Sandusky guilty on 45 of 48 counts so quickly seems to demonstrate just how solid the evidence was stacked against him. Even the Sandusky defense team was looking for a way out as we are now learning. They requested that the judge retire them and appoint new counsel. The Jerry Sandusky child abuse case will haunt the State of Pennsylvania for years to come. In the long run, do you think we, as a society, are now better off than we were before the verdict?