Sandusky Defense Rests, Jerry Never Takes The Stand
The defense for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky rested their case on Wednesday and they did so without ever calling Sandusky to testify in his own child sex abuse trial.
Earlier in the day lawyer Joe Amendola said Sandusky wanted to testify in his own defense but was eventually overruled by his attorneys.
With the defense now rested closing statements could take place by Thursday with jury deliberations beginning later in the afternoon.
Sandusky is charged with 51 criminal counts that involved 10 alleged victims over a 15-year time period.
Before his trial the 68-year-old football coach acknowledged showering with young boys but claimed he never molested them. Former graduate assistant Mike McQueary followed Jerry’s claims by revealing that he witnessed the former football coach sexually abusing a boy in the shower.
It was McQueary’s report to Penn State officials’ and their failure to take the incident to outside law enforcement that eventually led to the firing of longtime head coach Joe Paterno.
Earlier in the week the prosecution was forced to drop one count against Sandusky because they could not determine the exact time of an incident that was listed in their case.
The defense throughout the trial has claimed that the 10 alleged victims have financial motivations and that their claims were improperly influenced by investigators. Sandusky’s attorneys then put various character witnesses on the stand who spoke for Sandusky’s sound reputation. Defending Jerry Sandusky was his wife who unsurprisingly said he wouldn’t commit the crimes he is accused of committing.