Jerry Sandusky’s new lawyer: Maybe he was just teaching kids how to properly apply soap in the shower

posted at 4:20 pm on December 15, 2011 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Surprisingly, Joe Amendola not the worst lawyer on Sandusky’s team.”

We need something to help us clear our minds ahead of tonight’s debate. Let me assure you: This’ll do it.

“Some of these kids don’t have basic hygiene skills,” Rominger told the television station, presumably with a straight face throughout. “Teaching a person to shower at the age of 12 or 14 sounds strange to some people, but people who work with troubled youth will tell you there are a lot of juvenile delinquents and people who are dependent who have to be taught basic life skills like how to put soap on their body.”

(In the interest of fairness, we’re going to assume Mr. Rominger is a real attorney with a degree and everything and not a well-executed plant from The Onion.)

In an apparent effort to bolster this latest defense tactic, Rominger noted during the interview that his college cross-country coach often showered with the team. Of course, Rominger was neither 10 years old nor alone when these showers took place, so it’s unclear what his college experience has to do with his client’s situation.

Looking forward to his trial testimony on proper soap application. The bad news for Sandusky? He’s almost certainly headed for a conviction. The good news? Since he enjoys lessons on “showering” this much, soon he’ll be getting a master class in prison.

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How do these guys sleep at night

rbtsckdj on December 15, 2011 at 5:48 PM

What’ll it be today Jerry?

Ivory or Irish Spring?

BobMbx on December 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM

On a not entirely unrelaetd note: I would totally vote for the candidate who would promise France that we would extradite Soros to them if they would extradite Polanski to us. It would be a win-win: both nations would get a total scumbag out of general circulation and into prison, where they belong.

arik1969 on December 15, 2011 at 5:43 PM

From your lips to God’s ears.

L.N. Smithee on December 15, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Give this man his trial, find him guilty, and put him in a cell, asap.

Preferably with Eric Holder.

Flora Duh on December 15, 2011 at 4:25 PM

They deserve each other.

Mr. Prodigy on December 15, 2011 at 5:55 PM

He must have went to the same laww school as Crr6.

RickB on December 15, 2011 at 5:58 PM

How do these guys sleep at night

rbtsckdj on December 15, 2011 at 5:48 PM

The same way politicians sleep at night. They’ve been telling lies so long it doesn’t bother them. Telling the truth would keep them up at night.

Honest lawyers exist in the same proportion as honest politicians. Approx. 1/100.

Splashman on December 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

How do these guys sleep at night

rbtsckdj on December 15, 2011 at 5:48 PM

I hear that vampires don’t sleep anymore…

Bunsin2 on December 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I know defense attorneys have a responsibility to defend their clients, but seriously, the blatant disrespect and contempt these lawyers have shown for Sandusky’s victims is just breathtakingly shocking.

ellifint on December 15, 2011 at 6:22 PM

This takes my view of lawyers to a new low, and that’s saying something. What kind of twisted mind do you have to have to defend a sicko like that? Much less come up with disgusting explanations…

MelonCollie on December 15, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Johnny we must wait till were all alone so i can show you how to use soap. Yeah that makes alot of sence. Bunch of idiots.

rbtsckdj on December 15, 2011 at 6:35 PM

ROFLMAO!
I read that, fell out of my chair and knocked my system off line!
LOL
I love that.
Jumpen jesus on a pogo stick thats great.
Its never anyones fault.
LOL too Friggen funny.

ColdWarrior57 on December 15, 2011 at 6:36 PM

Sandusky is probably getting crap attorneys because the good ones wont represent him. It is very likely that he is lying to his attorneys and not admitting guilt to them, which would immediately turn off most good attorneys. They are probably repeating what he is saying to them.

I used to believe the hype and propaganda about defense attorneys until I actually saw what criminal law cases were like.

Some defense attorneys are scumbags who make fun of their clients behind their backs, take their clients money and do as little work as possible, and push their clients into bad plea deals. I’m sure these terrible parasites are heroes to whose of you calling defense attorneys names, because this scum ensures their clients end up in jail/prison longer than otherwise. As far as I am concerned, they are worse than their clients.

The good defense attorneys are those who truly care about their clients. They DO ACTUALLY DISCRIMINATE IN THE CASES THEY TAKE and they won’t take a scummy client. Sometimes clients are clearly lying, so they don’t take the case. Other times the client is clearly a bad person, but the client comes clean and accepts responsibility, so the lawyer takes the case with the understanding that the client plans to plea guilty, it is just a matter of negotiating a deal that might give the client a second chance at life. You know a defense attorney is pretty amazing when the DAs refer him/her cases.

Not everyone accused of a crime is guilty. Not everyone who has committed a crime is a horrible person. Sometimes people are at the wrong place at the wrong time. A lot of people who use drugs aren’t hurting anyone. Plenty of criminals are ghetto people who get into back-and-forth fights with other ghetto people. Neither side is innocent at all, but the DA picks one side to give a sweetheart deal to, to testify against the other side. So one side gets probation and the other faces 50+ years even though they did the same things. How is that justice?

There are a lot of guys who get falsely accused of rape. There are a lot of fathers who end up in custody disputes where they are falsely accused of molestation. In these cases, a lot of times the DAs play dirty and try to make the case as scary as possible to intimidate the defendant into taking a plea deal even if he is not guilty, simply because the case is so overcharged that the risk a jury might not like him could result in him spending the rest of his life behind bars.

Sometimes cops lie. Sometimes they get lazy, make mistakes, then lie to cover up their mistakes. Sometimes they break the rules and conduct illegal searches just because they don’t like someone. The scary thing is, the cops get away with it almost every time. People don’t think we live in a police state? We do, you just don’t know it because the cops haven’t come after you, but if they did? Let’s just hope you don’t have any skeletons in your closet.

A guy made a rude remark to a cop. The cops exaggerated what he said, called it a terrorist threat, and then got a warrant to toss his place. The guy was a hunter/collector, big into the 2nd amendment, and he had a lot of guns. The vast majority were perfectly legal, but a few violated some assault weapons laws. Their clips were too big or something technical like that. Even though the terrorist threat charge got thrown out by the judge, he is still going to prison because they caught him with illegal weapons. He never hurt anyone, but he pissed off a cop.

DAs routinely try to put people behind bars where there are clearly reasonable doubts as to their guilt. All the DAs care about is their own career and moving up the ranks, not “doing justice”. They usually apply an extreme, melodramatic view towards the case, where the victim is innocent and pure, while the defendant is inhuman and horrible, when the truth is often more complicated.

If you or someone in your family ended up in the horrible situation of being caught up in the criminal ‘justice’ system, you’d want a GOOD defense attorney who cared about you and your loved ones and did everything he could to either clear your name, or, if you actually made bad choices and hurt someone, to give you the chance to repent, make amends, and have a life to go back to.

kaltes on December 15, 2011 at 6:39 PM

One lesson he will learn in the prison shower is if he drops the soap he better just kick it to the door.

docflash on December 15, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Child rapists cannot be cured.

I don’t understand why the death penalty isn’t an option for these monsters. At least life with NO possibility of parole.

sablegsd on December 15, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Someone needs to teach Sandusky the soap on a rope technique…quick!

DHChron on December 15, 2011 at 6:44 PM

Since he enjoys lessons on “showering” this much, soon he’ll be getting a master class in prison.

AP, I’m a little surprised that as a lawyer you’d express such confidence about his conviction, but I still love this line.

mrsknightley on December 15, 2011 at 6:47 PM

Note to Jerry: Next time you teach “delinquent” 12-14 year boys how to apply soap, try words not bear hugs. Oh, and leave out the part where your hard appendages come into “play.”

limmo on December 15, 2011 at 6:49 PM

I don’t think shrinkage is as much a problem with Sandusky as George Costanza.

DHChron on December 15, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Yeah, AP, those soaping skills could be a lifesaver for him.

minnesoter on December 15, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Well said, kaltes. One of my paralegal classes was taught by a criminal defense attorney who was an ex-cop. I once publicly busted his chops for the types of clients he took, and he patiently explained to me everything you just said – particularly about how many dirty cops there are. I can’t say I like such an unsavory business, but I do see now where he was coming from.

mrsknightley on December 15, 2011 at 7:13 PM

In the Navy, we were always warned about dropping our soap in the shower. Maybe this dumb mouthpiece has the Sandusky situation confused with something else. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where Jerry had to show Kramer how to shower. This guy is simply a disgusting fool who obviously will say anything as long as Sandusky keeps up the cash flow.

Horace on December 15, 2011 at 7:17 PM

It is very likely that he is lying to his attorneys and not admitting guilt to them, which would immediately turn off most good attorneys. They are probably repeating what he is saying to them.

*snicker*

BigWyo on December 15, 2011 at 7:20 PM

Where is Sandusky going to find a jury of “peers” to impartially assess his case? Especially with defense attorneys this lame. The whole group of them give off such an aura of creepiness that anyone in the same room with them will immediately be repelled.

Mallard T. Drake on December 15, 2011 at 7:30 PM

For those living in the Central PA area (or want to download the I Heart Radio app), this lawyer has a talk show on WHP580AM every Saturday at 2pm.

chaddyt on December 15, 2011 at 7:40 PM

This doesn’t say much for the boys’ caregivers, having let these boys spend their pre-Sandusky years not knowing how to bathe. Maybe they should be charged with negligence.

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scalleywag on December 15, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Nuance

Allendundit on December 15, 2011 at 7:57 PM

I guess Sandusky already knows he’s toast, so he’s trying to set up an “ineffective counsel” appeal ahead of time.

Hayabusa on December 15, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Strange as it may seem, I almost have sympathy for Sandusky’s lawyer. Somebody’s got to represent this delusional pervert, and part of being a lawyer is representing, uh, distasteful clients. That’s bad enough.

But when your client is so delusional that he offers a preposterous story like this to explain why he was alone naked with a child in the shower, and when he insists that it’s the truth, you have a choice. Either you completely alienate your delusional pervert client by telling him that he is, in fact, delusional (while politely avoiding the pervert complication), and no one will EVER believe that story, or swallowing your pride, you repeat the delusional defense offered by your client in court while you secretly despair of surviving the case with the least bit of dignity.

However, no one required Sandusky’s lawyer to talk to the press. When you’re headed for sure humiliation, it’s complete idiocy to call public attention to it.

halflight on December 15, 2011 at 8:24 PM

*snort*

Sorry.

MisterElephant on December 15, 2011 at 8:36 PM

Well why didn’t he just say so in the first place?

rollthedice on December 15, 2011 at 8:55 PM

What the….???

mlewis7299 on December 15, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Well why didn’t he just say so in the first place?

rollthedice on December 15, 2011 at 8:55 PM

If he hadn’t first expressed to Bob Costas his love and admiration for young children, his deep conviction that they soap properly would be perceived as creepy! Don’t you think?

DHChron on December 15, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Okay.

I’m now willing to entertain the idea that Sandusky’s lawyer knows that his client is a serial child rapist and is making all these outrageous statements in an effort to insure that his client is convicted and spends the rest of his life in prison.

Wouldn’t exacly be an ethical move for a lawyer, but I’m sure it would sit better on one’s conscience that securing an acquittal history’s greatest monster.

Mike Honcho on December 15, 2011 at 9:20 PM

Mike Honcho wrote:

I’m now willing to entertain the idea that Sandusky’s lawyer knows that his client is a serial child rapist and is making all these outrageous statements in an effort to insure that his client is convicted and spends the rest of his life in prison.

Nah. This B.S. is coming straight from Sandusky. My guess is that Sandusky is adamantly holding to his ridiculous story, and his attorney is talking to the press with Sandusky’s permission and encouragement. Maybe he’s hoping that public reaction will get through to his client that it’s an untenable defense.

You can tell a client something is a bad idea for only so long until the client starts blaming you. That means that sometimes you have to bite your tongue and do what he wants, within the law.

halflight on December 15, 2011 at 9:40 PM

It’s not all that far-fetched. I know when I was a young, aspiring golfer, I needed some instruction on the use of those little ball washer gizmos.

Finbar on December 15, 2011 at 9:42 PM

It’s not all that far-fetched. I know when I was a young, aspiring golfer, I needed some instruction on the use of those little ball washer gizmos.

Finbar on December 15, 2011 at 9:42 PM

Finally some common sense! What creepy old man would shower with young boys lacking previous proper instruction?

Lawrence O’Donnell wouldn’t be having that…then he’d call Herman Cain an embarrassment to colored folk all over the plantation.

DHChron on December 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM

halflight,

Nah. This B.S. is coming straight from Sandusky. My guess is that Sandusky is adamantly holding to his ridiculous story, and his attorney is talking to the press with Sandusky’s permission and encouragement. Maybe he’s hoping that public reaction will get through to his client that it’s an untenable defense.

You can tell a client something is a bad idea for only so long until the client starts blaming you. That means that sometimes you have to bite your tongue and do what he wants, within the law.

Quite possible too.

An attorney friend of mine once told me that the hardest part of his job was dealing with clients who were hell bent on destroying themselves in court.

Mike Honcho on December 15, 2011 at 10:06 PM

c’mooooon, rilly?

Alden Pyle on December 15, 2011 at 11:02 PM

The lawyer is so stupid he may ask Sandusky to give a live demo in front of a jury.

Sticky Wicket on December 15, 2011 at 11:14 PM

“Some of these kids don’t have basic hygiene skills,” Rominger told the television station”……..

This lawyer reminds me of the scene from “Animal House”, where Bluto and the rest of the boys of Delta House are before the student tribunal and suddenly they all erupt with a chorus of “coughing”, while muttering a thinly veiled certain phrase which I’ll omit.

Calamity Jane on December 16, 2011 at 8:15 AM

I feel horrible for the poor victims and their families. I pray for their healing and well-being and that justice is done.

1ConcernedMom on December 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM

AP, prison rape jokes, even subtle ones, just aren’t funny, particularly not in the context of this particular story.

Sandusky sure looks guilty, and if convicted should be put away for a very long time. But it is to our shame, not our amusement, that our criminal justice system tolerates the barbarity of prison rape.

As for this “lawyer,” I can only hope that immediately after saying something this egregiously awful, it occurred to him that it sounded much smarter inside his head than it did out loud. Unfortunately, that assumes a capacity for self-examination, which would tend to rule out defending child rapists.

seeker on December 16, 2011 at 11:59 AM

Sandusky’s Lawyer says he was teaching the boys Hygiene …

Next, Obama will tell us he has been teaching us Frugality …

TimLenox on December 16, 2011 at 12:42 PM

He’s not wrong, this is quite true. A lot of kids in these situations really don’t have those skills even at 18.

I really worry Sandusky is being lynched here. There’s no real, actual evidence of wrongdoing here. He may just be a goofy coach who didn’t think through how this might all be perceived.

I find it very, very, very hard to believe that until a few months ago, Sandusky had been raping kids for years and years and no one said anything about it. In the 1950s maybe, but today? It’s just wildly implausible. Now that it’s a big media story and there are 7-figure payoffs in the offing, naturally “victims” would come forth. No doubt “repressed memories” are starting to surface, or so their laywers will argue.

TallDave on December 16, 2011 at 1:02 PM

And note in the HA headlines that McCreary’s already inconsistent story continues to develop holes. Now he’s not even sure what he actually saw.

TallDave on December 16, 2011 at 1:06 PM

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