Much was asked of the jurors in the Jerry Sandusky case: having to sit in sober silence while being presented with the truly unimaginable; having to make a totally dispassionate judgment after being exposed to the most personally painful testimony imaginable; having the burden of carrying out a task that would reflect to millions of people what we as a community are.
They did us a great service, and we will forever be indebted to them.
Judge John Cleland is also to be commended for his service to this county. He kept the legal process moving and operated with authority while displaying wisdom and common sense.
To the victims who testified, thank you for having the courage to face not only the man who victimized you, but the prying eyes of the entire world. I hope you, and all other victims, find some small measure of resolution from this experience.
There is much more that must occur to have a full accounting for this situation. It did not end when justice found Sandusky. It will not end when the Freeh report is made public. It will not end when years of civil litigation are settled.
Responsibility and accountability are vital to our absolution.
Jeff Steiner Pleasant Gap