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Jerry Sandusky's lawyer: Bob Costas interview 'helped us'

November 18, 2011 |  1:42 pm

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, said Friday that an interview his client had with Bob Costas earlier this week, in which Sandusky admitted that he had showered with young boys, was beneficial to their case.

Amendola received a lot of heat for allowing Sandusky, who was charged on Nov. 5 with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children, to answer questions that could potentially hurt his defense.

In the interview, Sandusky said: "I am innocent of those charges. ... I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them, and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact."

Amendola told Fox News Channel on Friday that he didn't think that Sandusky's comments did any harm.

“I think it helped us because I think rather than having people comment that Jerry's lawyer is spinning his case for him, I think people needed to hear from Jerry that he was innocent. That he didn't commit the acts with which he’s been charged.

"He came across as Jerry always comes across. And I think the more that he gets out in the public eye, the more he speaks, I think the more people will understand that that's just Jerry's mannerisms, the way he answers questions, his thoughtfulness, his thinking process takes time to answer questions. His responses are slow and sometimes they're extended."

Amendola said he fears that Sandusky will not be able to lead a normal life because of the allegations. He added that Sandusky's home has been vandalized twice in one week.


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