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October 9th, 2012
07:56 AM ET

Allred on Sandusky statements before sentencing: ‘He’s not helping himself by doing this... he’s hurting himself’

A final decision in the Jerry Sandusky case will be made in just a few hours today. After he was found guilty of molesting and raping ten boys, Sandusky will find out if he will be sentenced to a life behind bars.

The dethroned former Penn State assistant football coach spoke out on the eve of his sentencing to a student radio station last night. He claimed innocence and essentially blamed the victims, “the system” and the school for conspiring against him. Victims Rights Attorney Gloria Allred joins “Early Start” this morning with details of the effects of Sandusky’s statements on today’s sentencing.

Allred does not think it was a smart move for Sandusky to tape the interview. “This is very, very bad timing for him,” Allred says. “The judge should not take it into account because it is not said in the courtroom. But judges are human beings too, they know what’s going on out in the world. It’s hard to ignore this one.”

“I think it’s a big mistake,” that Sandusky’s lawyer was on board for the interview, although he claims that he didn't know what Sandusky was going to say. “I think Jerry Sandusky just got himself just into a heap of trouble by doing interviews even before he was convicted. That really hurt him.” Allred thinks that Sandusky needs to take responsibility for his actions and “stop blaming anyone else and everyone else.”

“He’s not helping himself by doing this. He’s hurting himself,” she adds.

Allred also weighs in on how much victim statements influence a judge’s sentence. “I’m sure that this judge, having heard all of the victim testimony,” she says, “does understand what they have suffered. And that will be a factor in the sentencing.”


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