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Associate Dean Daniel Filler's Expectation of a Severe Sandusky Sentence Shared with News Media

October 09, 2012

Associate Dean Daniel Filler shared his thoughts with various media outlets on the sentencing of former Penn State football coach, Jerry Sandusky.  In June, Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing children during his tenure at Penn State. 

In a Reuters article, Filler, a former public defender who has commented extensively on the Sandusky case in the past, said the sentencing judge will consider the severity of the convicted child molester crimes as well as his background before administering the sentence. 

Filler does not expect Sandusky to see much leniency.  "What would normally be a defendant's strongest argument for leniency - a lifetime of good works - may be used to justify a harsh sentence for Sandusky because he betrayed the trust of the kids he served," Filler said.  Filler told Bloomberg Businessweek that Sandusky will likely receive a sentence that will exceed his life expectancy and is likely to reflect public outrage. 

Some are questioning whether Sandusky will appeal his conviction on a theory of ineffective assistance of counsel given some of the more questionable calls his attorney made during the trial, like Sandusky's interview with Bob Costas.  Filler was doubtful such a theory would carry any weight.  As Filler explained to the Huffington Post, "[i]n a normal criminal case involving an unknown defendant, the issues of ineffective assistance of counsel and time for preparation are sure losers,"  Filler said.