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Jerry Sandusky Waives Hearing: Attorney Reveals Defense Plan
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Jerry Sandusky Waives Hearing: Attorney Reveals Defense Plan

Jerry Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola has a plan for his client. Sandusky walked into the packed courtroom and then waived his rights to that preliminary hearing. He will face another hearing on January 11, which Amendola has said will also be waived. Sandusky, flanked by his wife and one of his son's met with reporters after the end of the court appearance and said in part that there would be no plea bargains, that he was ready to fight to prove his innocence until the very end.

Amendola reveals his plan for the defense, mainly attacking the credibility of one of the key witnesses to the prosecution's case. Amendola has pointed out that Mike McQueary, the graduate assistant who reportedly witnessed Sandusky molesting a young boy in the shower's of Penn State has changed some of the details of that story. That tactic will also be used in the defense of two other men involved in the case. Former Athletic Director Tim Curley and the former Vice President of Finance and Business Gary Schultz are both heading to trial on charges of perjury as well as failure to report and will also try to cast doubt on the story told by McQueary.

McQueary is only one of eleven witnesses on the prosecution's list. Senior Deputy Attorney General Marc Constanzo has said that the new and changing information might cause some doubts but will not impact the case as much as Amendola seems to think. While there might be some minor changes or inconsistencies in the story, the general story is there and remains unchanged. In addition, the multiple victims are all willing to take the stand and tell their stories.

McQueary reported to the grand jury that he came to Penn State President Graham Spanier and Coach Joe Paterno and told them that he had witnessed Sandusky raping a ten year old boy in the locker room showers. Attorneys for Curley and Schultz are focusing on the fact that McQueary reportedly went on a golf outing with Sandusky after that 2002 event.

McQueary had told the press that he had also made a call to the police directly, to assure himself that the crime had been reported. Local police say that they had no record of any call from McQueary at any time which cast further doubt on his reliability as a witness.

Sandusky will remain on house arrest, awaiting trial on over fifty charges of sex abuse and misconduct, spanning at least fifteen years and involving a growing list of boys.


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