NBC’s Latest Edit Fail May Help Jerry Sandusky Appeal
June 25, 2012 - 6:40 am
Last week, former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of ghastly child sex charges. His lawyers are working on his appeal, and may be able to use a questionable NBC edit of Sandusky’s interview with Bob Costas to form part of that appeal:
Lawyers for Jerry Sandusky sought a mistrial before his conviction for child sex abuse on the grounds that prosecutors showed jurors an inaccurate version of a bombshell NBC News interview with the former football coach, and the mistake may now form part of the basis for an appeal.
In response to a subpoena, NBC News turned over three versions of Bob Costas’ NBC News interview with Sandusky, which aired last November on different NBC shows.
One of those versions, which was broadcast on the ‘Today’ show, contained an erroneous repetition of a key question and answer – about whether Sandusky was sexually attracted to young boys, Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general said on Sunday.
The repetition, Sandusky’s lawyers contend, made it appear to jurors that he was stonewalling.
“It wasn’t noticed by (NBC News), it wasn’t noticed by us, but it became obvious when it played in court,” Frederiksen told Reuters.
NBC News spokeswoman Amy Lynn confirmed this account on Sunday.
NBC “News” releases an awful lot of “bad edits.”