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Judge Cleland Delivers Jury Instructions

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It’s only been eight days — far less than most people had anticipated — and the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse trial is already coming to an end.

Judge John Cleland began by charging the jury on their duties and responsibilities during deliberation. “It is not necessarily a crime for an adult to touch a child…It’s not necessarily a crime for a man to shower with a boy, or to engage in back rubbing,” Cleland said. “You may think he exhibited poor judgement. Poor judgement in and of itself does not result in criminality.”

“The defendant is presumed to be innocent,” Cleland continued, before going into the details about each of the 48 counts.

Additionally, counts 16, 18, and 19, have been dismissed for redundancy. This brings the number or charges against Sandusky down to 48.

Cleland also expects each of the closing arguments to take an hour to an hour and a half each.

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Sandusky Scandal - On November 5, 2011, a 23-page Grand Jury report rocked Penn State to its foundation. As a result of Jerry Sandusky being convicted on 45 of 48 counts sexual abuse against 10 minors and subsequent fallout and alleged coverup by several key school administrators and legendary coach Joe Paterno, these events will forever be a dark stain in the history of our University. Read more