The wheels of justice move slowly. Really, really slowly. Slowly enough, in fact, for an accused pedophile to get the opportunity to visit with his grandkids while everyone involved in his pending child abuse trial gets their stuff together.
On Monday, former Penn assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was granted permission to have visits or other contact with most of his grandchildren. This ruling came despite the fact that Sandusky currently faces 52 criminal counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year span. Why was this shockingly lax ruling handed down? Well, as per Judge John Cleland (via NJ.com):
"No evidence was presented that at any time the defendant made any effort to contact any of the children by signaling or calling to them, or that he made any gestures directed toward them, or that he acted in any inappropriate way whatsoever.”
Prosecutors had asked the court for Sandusky be confined indoors after neighbors spotted him standing outside and allegedly watching kids come home from the elementary school behind his house. (Yes, he lives by an elementary school. Seriously.) The judge denied that motion. Instead, he gave the 68-year-old man in the center of the Penn State sex scandal the right to see all but three of his grandchildren. (The other three are tied up in a custody hearing.)
The obvious question here is: at what point does being innocent until proven guilty become a serious risk? Mind you, this isn’t a guy with one questionable accusation being tossed his way. This is a man facing 52 criminal counts of sexual abuse. Then again, what’s the point of a judicial system is you’re automatically deemed guilty based off whatever can be pieced together from random news clippings?
What do you think: should Sandusky have been granted the right to see his grandchildren?