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Sandusky's Lawyer On Attack Amid Questions


Joseph Amendola, the lawyer for Jerry Sandusky, is attacking the credibility of the Penn State case grand jury report, even as The Daily reports on Amendola's past.

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In two interviews on NBC, Amendola is hinting that a key witness in the case will contradict Mike McQueary, the Penn State assistant coach who reported an alleged 2002 sexual assault in a Penn State shower.

Amendola told NBC on Tuesday he believes he's located the alleged victim in the 2002 incident, who may have been 10 years old when the incident happened.


Amendola says the alleged victim will tell a different story: that he was not attacked by Sandusky.


Earlier on Tuesday, the Daily (an iPad site produced by News Corp., which also owns Fox 29) said Amendola went to court to for an emancipation petition for a 16-year-old girl whom he got pregnant in 1996.

Amendola was the attorney for Mary Iavasile’s emancipation petition on Sept. 3, 1996, just weeks before her 17th birthday. Amendola was 49 years old at the time.

Around the same time, Iavasile was pregnant with Amendola’s child, her mother told The Daily.'  The couple married in 2003 and are now separated.

Amendola appeared twice on NBC and once on CNN arguing his case for Sandusky, who faces 40 counts on sex crimes that could put him in jail for the rest of his life.

"We anticipate we're going to have at least several of those kids come forward and say `This never happened. This is me. This is the allegation. It never occurred," Amendola said on the NBC broadcast Rock Center on Tuesday night.


Jerry Sandusky told "Rock Center" on Monday night that he was not a pedophile but, in retrospect, should not have showered with the boys he's charged with sexually assaulting.


Amendola earlier told CNN that his client was just behaving like "a jock."


"Jerry Sandusky is a big overgrown kid," Amendola said. "He's a jock, and for anybody who's ever played sports, you get showers after you work out."


Amendola then went back on NBC's "Today" show to talk about the victim possibly challenging McQueary's grand jury testimony.

NBC News also has released an e-mail from McQueary claiming he broke up the alleged sexual encounter between Jerry Sandusky and a boy in 2002.

If it is an e-mail from McQueary to former Penn State teammates, as NBC claims, the document apparently contradicts his testimony to a grand jury in December 2010, or is information not included in the grand jury presentment released on November 4.

In the purported e-mail to his Penn State teammates, sent at an unknown time, McQueary says, “the truth is not out there fully... I didn't just turn and run... I made sure it stopped..."

McQueary reportedly was speaking to a lawyer on Monday and hasn’t commented publicly since the scandal broke.

In the grand jury presentment, the account of McQueary’s testimony says he told the jury he heard the encounter between Sandusky and what he believed was a 10-year-old boy, saw the two in a shower in a apparent sexual attack and “left immediately, distraught.”

McQueary’s testimony is key in the perjury part of the trial of Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, and potential civil litigation against former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno.

Curley and Schultz testified that McQueary didn’t tell them of the graphic sexual nature of the incident that happened on March 1, 2002.

McQueary told the jury he did, and the jury found his testimony “extremely credible.”

Paterno testified to the jury that McQueary told him Sandusky was doing “fondling or something of a sexual nature” to the victim.

Neither Curley, Schultz, Paterno or McQueary reported the incident to campus police.

As of Tuesday, Curley and McQueary were on administrative leave from Penn State, while Schultz has retired. Paterno and school president Graham Spanier were fired last Wednesday.

McQueary also has received death threats and may be in protective custody in the case.


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