Puff, you're probably right that it is more about looking for wiggle room without as much media attention or emotion.
But the whole point that Amendola "didn't have time to prepare" is horse sh*t on its face, since Amendola was Sandusky's attorney for something like three years before the indictment came down, as one learns from reading the Aaron Fisher book.
That should have been plenty of time to prepare.
"There is a Catskill eagle in some souls that can alike dive down into the blackest gorges, and soar out of them again and become invisible in the sunny spaces... even in his lowest swoop the mountain eagle is still higher than other birds upon the plain, even though they soar." -- from Moby-Dick