Football, Kids, Pregnancy / Paternity, Rape, Sex, Sex Scandals, Sports

Jerry Sandusky’s Lawyer Also Likes Them Young?

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola.

It would be hilarious if the man wasn’t accused of raping little kids. It appears that Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator who is accused of having sex with little boys, has hired an attorney. Unlike Joe Paterno, who lawyered up with the Biglaw firm of King & Spalding, Sandusky went with attorney Joe Amendola.

You’d think that out of all the attorneys in the world, Sandusky would pick one who had an untarnished record when it comes to sleeping with minors. But you’d be wrong.

Instead, Sandusky went the other way. He didn’t find a lawyer who just slept with a minor, he found one who reportedly impregnated one….

The Daily reports on Amendola’s alleged acts of conception. The first two times I read it, I was sure I was reading something in the Onion:

The lawyer for accused child molester Jerry Sandusky apparently likes his women young.

Defense attorney Joe Amendola, 63, representing Sandusky in the sexual molestation case roiling Penn State and Joe Paterno’s legendary football program, impregnated a teenager and later married her, The Daily has learned.

According to documents filed with Centre County Courthouse, Amendola served as the attorney for Mary Iavasile’s emancipation petition on Sept. 3, 1996, just weeks before her 17th birthday.

The emancipation request said Mary graduated from high school in two years with a 3.69 grade point average and maintained a full-time job — but makes no mention of any special relationship between her and her lawyer.

Roughly around the same time, however, Iavasile became pregnant with Amendola’s child, and gave birth before she turned 18, her mother, Janet Iavasile, alleged in an interview with The Daily.

You know, I might actually live to see a high-profile person stand up in open court and argue a NAMBLA talking point. It really could happen. Once you start hiring lawyers who marry teenagers to represent you in your child rape case, anything is possible.

And really, Amendola is already off to a fantastic start. Did you catch Bob Costas’s interview of Sandusky last night? In it, Sandusky admits to showering with young boys and horsing around with them. The prosecution was going to have to prove that Sandusky showered with boys, but now they don’t, since Sandusky just offered up the information. Once you put Sandusky in the shower with a little kid, it doesn’t take much to convince a jury that something grossly inappropriate followed. And I say “followed,” as if showering with little boys wasn’t grossly inappropriate enough.

What lawyer lets his client go on television and give up that much information?

I have to think that somewhere, Jose Baez is like, “This Amendola guy is crazy.”

Sandusky lawyer impregnated a teen [The Daily]
The Costas-Sandusky interview, an instant classic [Washington Post]

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