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Joe Amendola Makes GQ’s ‘Least Influential People of 2012’

It’s been a wild year for Jerry Sandusky’s main attorney Joe Amendola, but one national magazine doesn’t believe he was all that shrewd.

Amendola was named to GQ’s recently released ‘Least Influential People of 2012’ list. He made the cut along with 24 others, including Michelle Obama, Mitt Romney, and Hulk Hogan.

GQ provided a brief explanation of their selection and as expected, it wasn’t very complimentary:

Let us take a stroll through the razor-sharp legal mind of Joe Amendola: “I know! I’ll have my client go on national TV prior to his trial to be grilled by Bob Costas so we can all witness him declare, ‘I enjoy young people,’ after searching blankly for the proper response to the question ‘Are you sexually attracted to young boys?’ as if Costas just asked him where he put his car keys. How can this possibly go wrong?

Amendola is known for his numerous unorthodox legal decisions during the Sandusky case. From throwing his client on national TV a week after indictment, to holding three hour-long press conferences in sub-freezing temperatures, to comparing the case to “All My Children,” he seemed to have an infatuation with the media throughout Sandusky’s last year of freedom.

The Patriot News’ (now CNN’s) Sara Ganim reported that Amendola plans to remove himself from the case in order to testify on behalf of his client in the case of an appeal, but that has yet to happen.

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Ryan Beckler

Ryan is a senior in the Smeal College of Business majoring in Marketing. He is a Lion Ambassador who loves giving tours to prospective students. His favorite activities include distributing news and consuming Chipotle.


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