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Owned? Today Show’s Ann Curry Pretty Much Asks Jerry Sandusky’s Lawyer If He’s An Idiot

Joe Amendola, the lawyer for former Penn State assistant coach and accused child rapist Jerry Sandusky, has made what many consider to be some pretty grave missteps in the defense of his client.

The biggest — and most mind-blogging — was letting Sandusky give an interview to Bob Costas on NBC. Amendola’s strategy was simple: allow the awkward Sandusky to bumble his way through an interview on national television, and hope it would humanize him as some sort of slightly-creepy, but ultimately harmless grandfather. Instead, the much-talked about interview turned into some sort of freak show spectacle, with his client as the main attraction.

Then, yesterday, Amendola waived his client’s right to a preliminary hearing. This was actually a smart move, because yesterday’s hearing would’ve resulted in a parade of accusers outlining the terrible things that Sandusky is alleged to have done to them, thus burying him even more in the public’s eyes. By waiving his client’s right to the hearing, Amendola avoided that.

But, instead of quitting while he was ahead, he held a press conference outside of the courthouse and talked to anyone who would listen for three hours. During that presser, he urged anyone who believed some of the damning grand jury testimony against his client to dial “1-800-Reality.” The only problem? 1-800-Reality is a gay sex hotline.

Amendola continued his whirlwind media tour this morning on the Today Show, where the perennially-nice Ann Curry asked him, point blank, if he was competent. If it’s gotten to the point where Ann Curry is asking you if you’re mentally capable of doing your job, you are indeed trying to climb the legal equivalent of Mount Everest.

The interview is here, via NBC.

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  • Anonymous

    This guy is dumb enough to be the front runner for the GOP Presidential campaign!

  • Anonymous

    No, Republicans weed out their dumb guys. He’d be better with us on the Democrat side, where we promote our idiots over qualified women with long records of service.

  • Anonymous

    I think this is crazy, even as I type it… but a part of me thinks… could this guy be actually trying to throw the trial, without forcing a mistrial? It certainly feels like Sandusky must have told him something clear and damning, and he must — at some level — want him to get hit with it.

  • Charles Ulysses Feney

    Incompetent enough to send millions to 1-800-REALITY – a Gay phonr sex pay site, if thay doubted his clients Piddly Diddling innocence!


  • Anonymous

    “….the truth is, there can be no civil discussion, no “honest exchange of ideas,” with Leftists. It’s useless to try — in fact, it’s actually counterproductive, and even dangerous. You can’t have an honest exchange of ideas with people who are fundamentally dishonest, who try to hide their intentions and their agenda behind a smokescreen of lies. And if you think that isn’t what they’re up to, you need to go back and reread their playbooks — Alinsky, Gramsci, and Cloward-Piven, among others — again.” 

    -Mike Hendrix

    “Because according to the fascist morons of the Left, the only way to end “hate” is….mindless, blind, vicious hatred of anyone who doesn’t think like they do, which is both their stock in trade and their raison d’etre.” 

    -Mike Hendrix

    “In fact, leftism has failed utterly. It has failed everywhere and it has never done anything else but fail. From the murderous, leftist tyrannies of the Soviet Union and China to the soft but nonetheless oppressive and stagnant socialism of a moribund Europe, the relativist, wealth-crushing, overweening state has revealed itself to be an engine of misery and collapse.” 

    -Andrew Klaven

    “After the Soviet collapse, Marxism is a relic, a pathetic anachronism reduced to its last redoubts: North Korea, Cuba, and the English departments of the more expensive American universities.” 

    -Charles Krauthammer

  • Anonymous

    Aww … isn’t that cute?  Look at all those bitter adjectives.  An old fascist stuck in the rhetoric of cold-war right-wingnut ideology.

  • Anonymous

    This guy was 49 years old and slept with a 16 year old (he helped her get emancipated from her parents). He sees nothing wrong with sleeping with children. So, yes, his competency is in question.

  • 12voltman1

    I wouldn’t want him defending me!

  • Anonymous

    SZORE you are boring me with propaganda.

  • Sschoice

    Assuming that 1-800-REALITY is for adult men who are are oriented to consensual sex with other adult men, referring men who believe the accusers in the Sandusky case(s) makes good sense.  As far as men who don’t believe the accusers at all, I’m glad that Joe Amendola did not give out a number for them to call.  I personally do not want to know what it is or what fantasies it caters to.

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