Jerry Sandusky‘s lawyers tried to quit on the eve of his trial, but apparently the judge denied their request.
Sporting News reports that Karl Rominger and Joe Amendola made a sealed motion as jury selection began, stating that they were not given enough time to prepare adequately for the trial, but Judge John Cleland ruled against their request following a discussion in his chambers. Amendola stated:
“We told the trial court, the Superior Court and the Supreme Court we were not prepared to proceed to trial in June due to numerous issues, and we asked to withdraw from the case for those reasons.”
The revelation comes the day after Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was found guilty of 45 counts of child sex-abuse. His lawyers claimed that a delay was necessary, because a key member of the defense had a scheduling conflict, and also that a grand jury investigation had swamped them with documents and other materials.
Fox Sports reports that one juror, Joshua Harper, told NBC’s “Today” show that:
”It’s hard to judge character on the stand, because you don’t know these kids. ‘But most were very credible — I would say all.”
Harper also revealed that Sandusky’s lack of expression when the verdict was read only confirmed for the jury that they made the right decision. He stated:
”I looked at him during the reading of the verdict and just the look on his face. No real emotion…because he knew it was true.”
Sporting News reports that the Centre County Correctional Facility is now Jerry Sandusky’s home, where he was placed on a cautionary suicide watch overnight.