A Real Twelve Angry Men And Jerry Sandusky Trial

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As a juror in any court case it would be difficult to come to one conclusion with twelve different opinions. The fictional play Twelve Angry Men proved this to be true, however, the jurors in the Sandusky trial found it relatively easy to decide on a verdict. Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach and founder of the 2nd Mile charity, was convicted of fifty-two accounts of child molestation. Although members of the jury would like to discuss every aspect of the case, in the end, convicting Sandusky guilty would be a simple task.
Jerry Sandusky seemed obviously guilty to most people, but certain details of the case may have caused dispute between the jurors. Kevin Johnson, author of “Sandusky Jury Hears Testimony”, stated, “The first of the eight victims said he suffered for five years of being forced into about fifty sexual encounters by Sandusky. Now twenty-eight, the witness said his interactions with Sandusky escalated from friendly tips and ‘soap battles’ in the showers of a Penn State locker room to inappropriate touching, then in 1997 veered into dozens of incidents of oral sex” (1). Along with the first boy, others came forward and admitted to being victims of Sandusky’s abuse, and they all had similar stories. People later came forward and admitted to seeing Sandusky performing these acts, but failed to report them. An instance of this happening occurred when “a janitor admitted to seeing Sandusky sexually offending a young boy in the locker room, but did not report it at the time” (Johnson “Sandusky Abuse Trial Moves Quickly” 1). Because the janitor did not report what he saw at this time, it weakened the credibility of his testimony. Another controversial point was brought about during the trial. It was stated that, “Sandusky suffered from a mental health condition called ‘histrionic personality disorder’ that is said to cause people to become overly affectionate to draw attention to themselves” (Guarino “Jerry Sandusky Trial to Head to Jury Without Testimony from the Accused” 1). Sandusky’s lawyer tried to blame his actions on this mental illness which may have sparked controversy within the case by bringing Sandusky’s mental health into play. All of these allegations that were brought up could have swayed the jurors’ opinions, therefore possibly changing their final decision.
As stated in multiple sources, many of the jurors of the Sandusky trial were somewhat related to Penn State University. For example, “Juror 12 was a woman in her 50s or 60s who has been a Penn State professor for 24 years. She did not say what she teaches or what department she works in. She said she has read some news accounts and the Sandusky grand jury report. She also worked on a small committee with ousted Penn State President Graham Spanier” (“Jerry Sandusky Trial: Many Jurors Have Penn State Tries” 5). Along with six other jurors who either worked for or graduated from Penn State, this women was closely connected with the...

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