Jerry Sandusky‘s legal team claimed their first small victory this afternoon as the judge in the former Penn State Nittany Lions assistant coach’s child sex abuse trial awarded the team the right to call an expert witness who will testify that Sandusky suffers from histrionic personality disorder.
Histrionic personality disorder is defined as:
a personality disorder characterized by a pattern of excessive emotionality and attention-seeking, including an excessive need for approval and inappropriately seductive behavior, usually beginning in early adulthood
Sandusky’s defense team, based on the testimony of this expert witness, will propose that the disorder led to Sandusky seeking attention from young boys to sooth a damaged psychological state, and that his alleged “grooming” of boys through his non-profit foundation Second Mile was for these purposes alone.
If the defense witness can prove Sandusky was once, or is still currently afflicted with this condition, there is a small chance they could sway a jury that the apparent calculated nature of Sandusky’s targeting was in fact more out of his control than we have previously been led to believe.
Other experts on the condition claim that it is overwhelmingly diagnosed in women and in no way could apply to a man that is being charged in the alleged sexual abuse of young boys.
In a way, it seems like Sandusky’s defense team is desperately grasping at the last possible strands of hope as the case draws to a much more rapid conclusion than many would have thought possible.
I’m no lawyer, but it’s not too difficult to know desperation when you see it.
Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
Kris is also the host of Rant Sports Radio on the Blog Talk Radio Network Wednesday evenings at 8 Central Time.