The Sandusky jury returned a verdict shortly before 10 PM this evening. A decorum order issued by Judge Cleland prohibited any transmission on the 48 counts until the trial was adjourned. That meant going over any final motions. No members of the press were even able to rush out of the courtroom upon threat of arrest.
I received an email from the court at 9:30 disclosing the verdict and saying court would convene twenty minutes later at 9:50. I have to say the court has kept the media up to date all day about every action of this jury, meal breaks etc.
The verdict of guilty on 45 counts mean he will serve the remainder of his life in state prison.
Update: Penn State President Rodney Erickson released the following statement. Alumni continue to be blinded by the fact football must take a back seat to child welfare. Until they do no one can be Penn State Proud again.
June 23, 2012
Dear Penn Staters,
Yesterday Penn State learned that a verdict was reached in the case of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Gerald Sandusky. Mr. Sandusky was found guilty of 45 of the 48 charges filed against him.
The legal process has spoken and we have tremendous respect for the men who came forward to tell their stories publicly. No verdict can undo the pain and suffering caused by Mr. Sandusky, but we do hope this judgment helps the victims and their families along their path to healing.
My administration and the Board of Trustees maintain a steadfast commitment to pursuing the truth regarding Mr. Sandusky’s actions. While we cannot change what happened, we can and do accept the responsibility to take action on the societal issue of child sexual abuse-both in our community and beyond. The University is committed to ensuring that our campuses are safe for children and to being a constructive participant in building greater awareness of child sexual abuse and the practical steps that can be undertaken to prevent, report and respond to such abuse.
The University has already established a confidential counseling process for victims of Mr. Sandusky’s conduct, and that process remains open. (For further information, please visit http://live.psu.edu/story/58590.) While counseling is critical, some victims have sought and continue to seek a direct dialogue with the University to discuss the University’s responsibility for Mr. Sandusky’s actions.
Now that the jury has spoken, the University wants to continue that dialogue and do its part to help victims continue their path forward. To that end, the University plans to invite victims of Mr. Sandusky’s abuse to participate in a program to facilitate the resolution of claims against the University arising out of Mr. Sandusky’s conduct. The purpose of the program is simple-the University wants to provide a forum where the University can privately, expeditiously and fairly address the victims’ concerns and compensate them for claims relating to the University. Counsel to the University plan to reach out to counsel to the victims of Mr. Sandusky’s abuse in the near future with additional details.
President Rodney Erickson
Office of the President