The language of the law, so compelling and so descriptive in so many cases, fails to describe the crimes of Jerry Sandusky. Words such as "deviate" and "indecent" and "corruption of children" are not enough.
Even when we add lawyers' courtroom rhetoric with nouns such as "monster" and "atrocity," we do not begin to describe what this former Penn State coach did to so many boys, and we do not begin to measure the actions and inactions of those in the Penn State football program who enabled Sandusky to rape children again and again in football facilities, before and after football practices, and on football trips.
As we struggle to find the vocabulary that will work, we will use words such as "closure" and "healing." The verdict Friday evening will not produce closure, and it will not produce healing. If it does anything that is positive, it tells us that the legal system has concluded the most important part of its work on Sandusky. That's it. There is nothing more to it. Much more remains to be done before we even begin to discuss healing or closure.
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