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Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 09/06/2012

Sandusky awaits sentencing while lawyer considers his options


Jerry Sandusky awaits sentencing after his conviction on child sex-abuse charges. (Gene J. Puskar /AP)
Joe Amendola was beside Jerry Sandusky almost from the moment the former Penn State defensive coordinator was arrested on charges of child sex abuse last fall through his conviction this summer.

And, as Sandusky awaits sentencing in a Centre County (Pa.) jail, his lawyer talked about what’s next for his client and for him — perhaps a TV career as a legal analyst. Amendola continues to represent Sandusky and his immediate challenge, he told PennLive.com’s Sara Ganim, is to keep Sandusky from reading a statement in his defense at his sentencing. Amendola, Ganim writes, is finding it difficult to convince Sandusky that anything he says can be used against him on appeal.

No sentencing date has been set yet, but Sandusky is likely to receive a lengthy sentence after his conviction on 45 charges. Although criminal sentencing in Pennsylvania usually takes place within three months of conviction, it recently was recommended that Sandusky be deemed a sexually violent predator under Megan’s Law. The defense, Amendola told the Associated Press, needs time to consider whether to contest that. Sentencing is “looking more and more like it's going to be October,” Amendola said, because “we haven't gotten a date, and it's the fifth of September.”

Sandusky has maintained his innocence and regrets not taking the witness stand. “He does now,” Amendola said. “What do they say about Monday morning? 20-20?”

After Sandusky’s sentencing — whenever that is — Amendola, 64, expects to be free of the case and is in no mood to retire. He does not expect to represent Sandusky on appeal. “Oh, my God, no,” he said. “What would I do? I would be bored stiff. ... I’d get myself into big trouble.”

One possibility is that Amendola would declare himself an ineffective attorney in an attempt to gain a new trial for Sandusky. At that point, he would be free to perhaps combine teaching with legal consulting, despite the criticism often lobbed at him over his strategy and odd attempts at humor since Sandusky’s arrest last fall. Amendola was widely criticized for an interview Sandusky did with Bob Costas and, compared the Sandusky trial to a soap opera — “All My Children.”

“I think I make sense when I try to explain things,” Amendola said. “Journalists would say, ‘Enough already, Joe. Enough with the talking.’ But I answered the questions.”

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