Dottie Sandusky's Testimony And Media Lies . . .
CNN and numerous reports declared that Dorothy Sandusky's testimony, that the basement of her house is not soundproof, "contradicted (victim 9's) testimony" that he screamed during an assault . . . Actually, her testimony only contradict his testimony if you conclude that she would have responded to his cries if she heard them, and just why would the media want us to conclude that? Perhaps for the same reason that every other institution protected him . . .
As a matter of fact, the construction of the basement is irrelevant, what's relevant is, did she hear him scream! And while media report after media report claims that she denied hearing him scream, she actually didn't deny it, because she didn't have to, Dottie Sandusky was never asked that question. Instead, Sandusky's lawyer asked her, "did you ever hear someone yelling for help while he was staying there?” She said she did not, but maybe her answer would have been different if she had been asked, "Did you ever hear screams coming from the basement."
Victim 9 never said he "yelled for help," what he said is, "sometimes (I'd) scream . . ." Attorney's are prohibited from putting a witness on the stand to testify to, what the attorney knows is a lie. Perhaps Sandusky's attorney avoided a potential infraction by asking Sandusky's wife to deny hearing, what no one said occurred, knowing that she could not deny, without lying, that she heard a scream.
Finally, Victim 9 did not say that he knew that the basement was soundproof, he just offered an explanation for why no one ever responded to his screams, "I think the basement is soundproof." Perhaps it's easier to think that no one can hear you, than to think that no one cares . . .
Facts like these, demonstrate why juries often reach a different result from the rest of us, especially when they're sequestered, and unaffected by the media spin, that drives public opinion. In this case, we're influenced by media to think that if we believe Dottie Sandusky's testimony about the lack of soundproofing in the basement, Victim 9 lied about screaming. But the jury didn't hear that spin, leaving them with one person's testimony that they screamed, and another person's testimony that a scream could be heard. They might conclude that both people told the truth. After all, it is no harder to believe that a dependent wife would turn a deaf ear on sounds that reveal behavior, on the part of her husband that, if known, would destroy her way of life; than, what they already knew, namely, that police and university officials did the same thing, with much less justification, for years . . .
It will be a swift guilty verdict!