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Opinion Editorial: The Penn State ScandalJun 22, 2012 | News Archive
The Jerry Sandusky Case
Is anyone following the Jerry Sandusky trial? It started yesterday, June 20th, and it’s already heating up as the “fair” legal system allows both parties to prove their cases. Already, Jerry’s team of lawyers are arguing that their client is innocent and the evidence and witnesses are lying based on their own self interests of greed and riches. But what is becoming lost in the case is the Victims. The young, African-American and under-privileged boys who were without a doubt taken advantaged of. The disgusting allegations and very descriptive and graphic testimonies from the victims of what they experienced with Jerry Sandusky should be enough for anyone with morals to send that fifthly Jerry to jail. Who would ever lie about something as serious as this? Jerry Sandusky's adopted son even admitted that he too had been abused! ( see here: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20120622_Sandusky_s_adopted_son_alleges_abuse.html) In a story of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” many are running to cover themselves, and the truth is getting lost in witness statements and studders. Dottie Sandusky, known as “the Sarge” took the stand and when asked about her knowledge of the relationships with her husband’s "empowerment program" ( we'll call it that) she said that she didn’t really get involved because the boys were “troubled” and had a lot of “problems. Yea, okay.
In Maureen Dowd’s weekly column for the NY Times, she reflects on the change in the way society views character, and our sense of right and wrong. In relation to the horrid and utterly disgusting Sandusky case, many people knew about Sandusky’s habit but chose not to do anything. And this is what enrages me, why is it looked at as a habit, but nothing something that is morally and ethically wrong. You don’t have sex with a 11-year old. Not even the bystanders who allegedly knew what was happening in the basement of Sandusky’s house, or Penn State’s locker rooms or hotel rooms. And, their reasoning was that it had nothing to do with them. Some reported it when they caught Sandusky in the shower, but their soft attempt made no difference.
What’s even more sickening is the main argument Sandusky and his team of lawyers have stated about how his image is ruined and that he is innocent. Have we become a culture so hung up on our personality and local celebrity that our morals and sense of right and wrong don’t matter anymore? What’s a law if no one is really going to play fair, anyways?
Now, as the case grabs the attention of national media outlets, there is a good chance the people who matter the most-the African American boys, will get lost. With lots of money weighing in on the case, we need to prevent this! Save our boys. Don’t let the media mixed with imperialistic selfish aims get the best of this case.
Keep up to date with the following articles:
Philly.com up to the minute coverage! http://www.philly.com/philly/news/133428763.html
Dottie Sandusky takes the stand and fumbles. http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2012/06/19/dottie-sandusky-stumbles-asked-mike-mcqueary-lie/
Moral Dystopia, have we become a society who rationalizes bad decisions until they sound good? http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/17/opinion/sunday/dowd-moral-dystopia.html?_r=1&ref=maureendowd
Posted By: Melissa HendersonNews