We all need Jerry Sandusky’s Post-conviction Collateral Relief Act petition to be granted. Regardless of the results of his trial in 2012, the way in which those results were reached was questionable at best and institutionally corrupted at worst.
We all have a constitutional right to a fair hearing and to face our accusers in court. The fact that Sandusky was charged with crimes against children does not negate that right; it, in fact, makes it even more important to the integrity of the system that he has competent counsel and a thorough vetting of all evidence and testimony. He didn’t.
Questions remain: Why was the grand jury presentment containing a false rape claim allowed to go unchallenged, and why was Mike McQueary discouraged from correcting the record? Why and by whom was the presentment leaked? Why was it necessary to rush Sandusky to trial when his counsel did not have adequate time to prepare his case? Why, especially in light of a virtual life sentence, was Sandusky granted no appeals? And, how is it that people can go to jail based on no testimony from a victim “known only to God”?
Ultimately, this is not about Jerry Sandusky; it is about the ability to have faith in our entire justice system and the people in whom we place our trust. After all, it could be any one of us sitting in jail right now as a result of an incomplete record and the efforts of a powerful few.
Janet Parkhill Kudravetz, Arlington, Va.