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March 26th, 2013
10:54 AM ET

Attorney: Sandusky interview claims 'frustrating and disturbing' for abuse victims

Jeffrey Fritz, attorney for victim #4, on fmr. Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky's new prison interview.

Filed under: Jerry Sandusky
March 25th, 2013
10:29 AM ET

Victim's attorney on latest prison interview: Jerry Sandusky is attention seeker

Convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky is speaking out for the first time since he was sent to prison in the Penn State child sex abuse case. This morning, a documentary filmmaker is playing excerpts from phone conversations that he recorded with Sandusky on NBC's "Today" show.

Tom Kline, attorney for victim #5 in the Sandusky case, weighs in on the interview on "Starting Point."

"Mr. Sandusky has always looked for a friendly forum," Kline says. "He looks and he seeks for attention. He's narcissistic. He can't accept his punishment and he's looking to tell his story again. He's looking to tell it in a friendly forum and I'm sure he was convinced that this would be a friendly forum."

Kline also says that hearing Sandusky speak from prison does nothing but make victims feel terrible all over again.

Filed under: Jerry Sandusky
October 24th, 2012
10:53 AM ET

Sandusky 'victim #1' breaks silence in new book, “Silent No More” – CNN contributor Sarah Ganim shares details

Another chapter unfolds in the Jerry Sandusky case this week. Aaron Fisher, known as Victim # 1, has made his story public in a new book called “Silent No More”. Written with the help of his mother and psychologist Michael Gillum, the book comes out this week. In it, the 18-year-old recalls years of sexual abuse before finally speaking out against the disgraced former Penn State assistant coach.

Sara Ganim, the Patriot-News reporter who helped first break the Sandusky story and is mentioned several times in the new book, joins Soledad O’Brien on “Starting Point” to share her thoughts of Fisher’s inspiring new book.

Ganim, who has followed the case closely since breaking the Penn State scandal, says she’s seen Fisher “come a long way in the last three years of what he was willingly to say publicly.” “It was really inspiring to read how open he was about his abuse” and “actually write a book with his face on the cover of it” Ganim says. “You’re seeing that do a great deal of good over the last year.”

Fisher wrote only six chapters of the book, the other 21 were written by the psychologist, which Ganim says was “kind of a disappointment” to her. “Most of it is just his speculation,” Ganim says. Much of the book is devoted to politics and the topic of “whether or not the governor who was running for election at the time and was the attorney general prosecuting this case, whether or not he delayed the investigation until after he was elected governor.”

Ganim finds the psychologist’s accounts “fascinating” but lacking credibility. She says “there are a lot of things that over the last year and beyond have been public information that he got wrong in the book,” which came out only about four months after the verdict. “It makes me wonder,” she says, “ if they were rushing to get it out quickly.”

October 9th, 2012
12:33 PM ET

Allred: Sandusky statements a 'desperate attempt for sympathy'

Attorney Gloria Allred says Jerry Sandusky's jail cell statements on the eve of his sentencing hearing are a 'desperate attempt for sympathy.'

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October 9th, 2012
11:14 AM ET

Victim #4 attorney: 'Jerry Sandusky is in denial that he committed any crimes'

Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life in prison, after a judge handed down a prison sentence Tuesday for his convictions on child sexual abuse charges.

Judge John Cleland said Sandusky, 68, will face no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison - meaning he is not eligible for parole for 30 years. He is being given credit for 112 days already served.

Sandusky was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, and faced a maximum of 400 years in prison.

His attorneys have 10 days to appeal the decision. They have already vowed to appeal his conviction.

Sandusky had pleaded his case in an audio statement Monday in which he protested his innocence and insisted he was falsely accused.

This morning on "Starting Point," Jeffrey Fritz, attorney for Sandusky Victim #4, previews his client's statement at Jerry Sandusky's sentencing and reacts to Sandusky's recorded statements released last night.

"I don't know what the strategy is other than an animal who is about to be placed in a cage and lashing out," Fritz says. "And Jerry Sandusky is in denial that he committed any crimes, which is typical for a serial pedophile, especially somebody who is notorious as Jerry Sandusky."

Filed under: Jerry Sandusky
August 14th, 2012
03:59 PM ET

Penn State accreditation in jeopardy? Jeff Toobin explains

Jeff Toobin on Penn State University being 'on notice' to prove compliance in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Filed under: Jerry Sandusky • Penn State scandal
June 25th, 2012
11:16 AM ET

Penn. Attorney General Linda Kelly: Sandusky had a fair trial and appeal will fail

(CNN) - Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky will appeal his convictions on numerous counts of child sexual abuse, a member of his defense team says.

After a trial that featured emotional and often graphic testimony from eight of Sandusky's victims, jurors late Friday convicted him of 45 of the 48 sexual abuse counts he faced involving 10 victims. He faces a maximum of 400 years in prison and is expected to be sentenced within 90 days. His lawyer, Joe Amendola, says the appeal will be based partly on a lack of time to prepare.

Penn. Attorney General Linda Kelly addresses appeal questions on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien," expressing her confidence that any appeal on the case will fail.

"I think the commonwealth is comfortable that there was a fair trial, that was received by the defendant in this case and that we will be successful on any appeal," Kelly says.


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June 22nd, 2012
01:06 PM ET

Forensic psychiatrist Michael Welner on the emotional implications of Matt Sandusky's abuse allegations

A new, explosive accusation of abuse in the Jerry Sandusky case as the jury deliberates his child sex abuse trial. Sandusky's own adopted son, Matt, now says he was also sexually abused by his father and was willing to testify against him.

Until now Matt has been one of Sandusky's strongest supporters during the investigation and the trial. And he denied he was abused. Jerry Sandusky, of course, is accused of abusing 10 young boys over 15 years.

The jury won't hear about the new accusations, since they were revealed after they went into deliberation. Forensic psychiatrist Michael Welner explains the emotionally difficult position Matt Sandusky is in while he tries to support his family.

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June 15th, 2012
11:52 AM ET

Criminal defense attorney Jose Baez weighs in on Sandusky trial, says sheer number of victim testimony is 'mountain to overcome' for defense

The Jerry Sandusky trial is in recess today. It will pick up on Monday morning when the prosecution is expected to wrap up its case and the defense is expected to begin.

Some of the most shocking and graphic testimony came from three alleged victims yesterday. Victim #9 testified that he screamed for help while Sandusky abused him in the basement. But he says help never came.

Criminal defense attorney Jose Baez, author of "Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony, the Inside Story," explains how the volume of victims testifying so far in the case has created a 'mountain to overcome' for the defense.

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June 14th, 2012
02:00 PM ET

Thomas Day, fmr. Second Mile mentor, says 'Second Mile is destroyed' by Sandusky scandal

Thomas Day, fmr. Second Mile mentor and Penn State alum, weighs in on the Jerry Sandusky case and shares his story.

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