Philadelphia partner Scott Coffina was quoted in ABC News Online on the prosecution of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Sandusky was arrested late last year and charged with 52 counts of sex abuse stemming from 10 alleged victims; he could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted.
Speaking to ABC News in the lead up to the trial, Scott, a partner in the firm’s White Collar Criminal Defense Practice Group and former assistant U.S. Attorney, noted that it is generally thought that the sheer number of allegations is biggest problem that Sandusky will have.
However, he said, “these are largely dated accusations, and the type of people Sandusky came in contact with had problems in their lives, that's why they came in contact with him. All of these things will affect the cross examination of these guys."
The trial commenced on Monday, June 11, with Sandusky’s alleged victims giving their accounts of aggressive sexual abuse and facing cross-examination.
Speaking, again, to ABC News on the second day of evidence, Scott said, "[y]ou can start to see threads of consistency in Sandusky's behavior towards each of these boys -- now young men-- in their individual accounts of the alleged abuse and their relationships with him generally.”
"This does not bode well for the defense,” he said, “because each similar fact pattern reinforces the credibility of the prior witnesses, and could outweigh the doubts that defense counsel might raise about any particular individual through their effective cross-examination of them."