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Juror Says Sandusky Was Emotionless As He Heard The Verdict Because "He Knew It Was True" [Penn State Scandal]

Juror Says Sandusky Was Emotionless As He Heard The Verdict Because He Knew It Was True Well that didn’t take very long—one of the jurors from the Sandusky trial has shed some light on the deliberation process. Among other things, Joshua Harper told TODAY that he and the other jurors felt that Sandusky’s lack of emotion when reacting to the verdict was “confirmation” that they had made the right decision. Now, let’s put aside the likely fact that Sandusky was coached to appear like that and get in to some more of the insight offered by Harper.

He and his fellow jurors felt they did not have the evidence necessary to convict Sandusky on the charges relative to Mike McQueary’s testimony because McQueary had not witnessed Sandusky actually penetrate the victim. Harper did note that he had “no doubt” that Sandusky raped him. It’s kind of a credit to the jury that they were able to separate their guts from their brains on this one, though they were likely comforted by the sheer enormity of the remaining charges and sentences associated therewith.

Harper said that the jury’s focus was on determining credibility, and he and his peers found decisively in favor of the victims.

“I think there were a couple that I felt [were] very credible. I mean, it’s hard to judge character on the stand, because you don’t know these kids, but most were very credible, I would say all,” Harper told TODAY.

With high profile cases like this one, it sometimes seems impossible (and probably is impossible) for any jury to be unbiased, but as long as biases are held in check, that’s really the best you can hope for. If Mr. Harper is to be believed, we may have gotten just that out of this jury.

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Juror: Sandusky’s lack of emotion at verdicts was ‘confirmation’

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Lawyerin’ Joe Amendola Appears On Anderson Cooper, Asks If "Somebody Cute" Will Be Interviewing Him [Video]

Lawyerin' Joe Amendola Appears On Anderson Cooper, Asks If Somebody Cute Will Be Interviewing Him Minutes after a jury found his client Jerry Sandusky guilty of 45 child molestation charges, attorney Joe Amendola dropped by CNN to have a chat with Anderson Cooper and appeared to be in the best of spirits.

Lawyerin’ Joe cracked jokes and at one point asked with whom he’d be speaking and if it was “somebody cute.” Again, this is immediately after learning his client would most certainly die in prison. His jolliness continued throughout the interview, closing it with a “Thank you… I watch you all the time, Anderson.” [CNN]

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New Jersey Woman Sues Little Leaguer Who Hit Her In The Face With A Baseball [Lawsuits]

New Jersey Woman Sues Little Leaguer Who Hit Her In The Face With A BaseballElizabeth Lloyd was sitting at a picnic table near a fenced-in Little League bullpen watching her son play when she was struck in the face with a baseball. The culprit? A then-11-year-old bullpen catcher named Matthew Migliaccio who was warming up a pitcher.

The incident happened in May 2010, and Lloyd, 45, says she has had to have reconstructive surgery and continues to suffer from headaches. She’s seeking $500,000 in damages, and her attorney, Riaz A. Mian, says it’s because she was unable to reach an insurance settlement.

Here’s the Asbury Park Press:

According to the lawsuit, Lloyd contends Matthew intentionally struck her, causing permanent injuries.


“He throws his best fast ball over the bullpen into the picnic area, striking my client in the face,” Mian said. “Life is now different for my client.”

A spokesman for the Manchester (N.J.) Little League said leagues have insurance, but that it doesn’t cover spectators. An attorney for Migliaccio’s family called the lawsuit “frivolous” and said, “In your face, lady!”*

* He didn’t actually say this.

[Asbury Park Press]

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Kevin Durant’s Post-Game Tears Are Sad, Chilling [Video]

Kevin Durant's Post-Game Tears Are Sad, ChillingKevin Durant's Post-Game Tears Are Sad, Chilling While the Heat celebrated their second NBA championship on the court, Kevin Durant’s private-turned-public moment caught plenty of attention as tears streamed down the Thunder star’s face as he hugged his mother.

By itself, it’s a Sports Moment and worth revisiting. More compelling, though, is the split-second when Durant emerges from the embrace, and finds the camera; in that instance, a gaze is reversed back upon us—and it’s not difficult to read a vow for revenge in his face. It’s a story that will form the narrative for NBA writers all summer and, presumably, for most of next season. If you’re looking for its genesis, well, here you are. [ABC]

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-8½. Woody Allen’s To Rome With Love, Reviewed. [Grierson & Leitch]

-8½. Woody Allen's To Rome With Love, Reviewed.1. One of my favorite Roger Ebert quotes goes like this: “The Muse visits during the act of creation, not before. Don’t wait for her. Start alone.” That’s to say: To create great work, you must first work. Not everything you create will be perfect; in fact, most of it won’t be. But you can’t wait for inspiration to strike. You have to just plug, plug away until you land on something great. Woody Allen was once asked how he comes up with so many jokes. He said (and I’m paraphrasing): “I have no idea. When I write something funny, I laugh, because it’s the first time I’ve seen it. But I have no idea how it got there. I just was writing and then, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, there it is.” This has essentially been Woody Allen’s career for the last 15 years. He toils away, making a movie a year, no matter what, and sometimes he stumbles across something truly inspired (Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Sweet Lowdown), but most of the time he has a few three-quarters-baked ideas that don’t add up to much but are still interesting to listen to and absorb.

2. This strikes me as not much of a crime. Allen is often criticized for his prolific output, as if he would somehow make movies twice as good if he slowed down and made one every two years. It is my experience that this is not how it works. Besides: He’s a 76-year-old man who still uses a typewriter. Let him have his movies; if all I have to do is sit impatiently through a few trifling films that aren’t much more than light re-recitals of old themes to get a Midnight In Paris every four or five years, I’ll take it. To Rome With Love is definitely minor Woody, a frothy little short story collection that is mildly amusing and superficially insightful and instantly forgettable. That doesn’t mean it’s not still sorta fun and worth tolerating and waiting through until the muse alights again. If the worst-case scenario is a movie like To Rome With Love, I’ll happily take it.

3. The Euro setting for this one is Rome, obviously, “the eternal city” in which ancient ruins lie next to McDonald’s, and no one can figure out how to walk anywhere without getting lost. I sort of like how Woody, in travelogue mode, tries to tie some sort of touristy view of the city with his movie’s theme. Midnight In Paris was about Paris’s timelessness and its relation to Allen’s nostalgia obsession; Vicky Cristina Barcelona was about escapism and temptation; Match Point was about the class struggle, in England and everywhere. Woody’s in a good mood here, so To Rome With Love is mostly concerned with fame, or, to tie into Rome itself, one’s legacy and impact on the world. Woody’s covered fame before, never better than in Deconstructing Harry, but this film isn’t interested in going to any dark place like that movie: It just wants to have a little bit of fun and enjoy the scenery. Again: There are worse crimes.

4. The movie features four stories, all of which just sort of float along pleasantly without overtrying anyone’s patience. Two are more compelling than the others. In one, Roberto Benigni plays a normal, workaday fella who, inexplicably, one day becomes the intense focal point of the tabloid press and the paparazzi. Woody’s views on gossip and celebrity are less interesting here than the surrealism of the premise; there’s something undeniably funny about a gaggle of reporters interviewing Benigni while he brushes his teeth. (This is also the one segment of the film when Woody references Fellini on the late director’s home turf.) The other is a similarly fanciful bit, with Alec Baldwin as a successful sellout architect who advises his lovestruck protégé (Jesse Eisenberg, who should play all young Woody Allen romantic leads from here on out) who’s stuck between two women (Ellen Page and Greta Gerwig). It’s a familiar mentor role, but Baldwin and Eisenberg have real chemistry and deftness with Allen’s dialogue, and I sort of loved that, by the end of the movie, I wasn’t sure if either of them were imaginary, or both, or neither.

5. I’m probably overpraising a bit, though. (I am not always the most impartial observer here.) Much of the film is so inconsequential as to barely register whatsoever; a subplot featuring Woody acting for the first time in six years has a nice bit with an operatic shower singer but otherwise is bland and poorly paced, and Penélope Cruz’s vigor and Jessica Rabbit costuming can’t overcome the fact that her segment of the story would feel hoary and tired had it been made in 1940. But again: This is minor Woody. To Rome With Love is weightless and harmless and made with good cheer. That’s probably not much of a reason for you to see it. But when the muse isn’t around, this will do.

Grade: B-

Grierson Leitch is a regular column about the movies. Follow us on Twitter, @griersonleitch.

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Todd Helton’s Heartbreaking Moment Of Staggering Forgetfulness Leads To Walk-Off Loss [Video]

Todd Helton's Heartbreaking Moment Of Staggering Forgetfulness Leads To Walk-Off Loss It was a bad night for Todd Helton, the cornerstone of the Rockies for 16 seasons, he of the .321 lifetime batting average and 58.7 WAR (good for 11th among active players and higher than Vlad Guerrero, Ichiro, and a slew of others you’d expect to be above Helton). But tonight in Philadelphia, when Placido Polanco came up with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth and chopped a ball to second, Todd Helton seemingly forget how to play baseball. That is to say, he forgot to put his foot on the base, the cornerstone task of a first baseman. He didn’t even put up a fight when Alfonso Marquez called Polanco safe. It was hopeless by that point, and Helton knew it.

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