Amendola began the second half of his questioning of Victim 4 by asking if anyone ever witnessed he and Sandusky in the shower. He said that occasionally, other coaches would be in the shower, but not when abuse occurred. “There was a time I thought maybe Tom Bradley was suspicious of something, so he stayed in the shower until we were finished,” Victim 4 said.
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After a short recess for technical difficulties, Victim 4 continued to be questioned by Joe McGettigan. More of Sandusky’s love letters were shown on a projector, including one where he says, “I pretend many things, but I can’t pretend my feelings for you.” Other letters were also shown where Sandusky speaks in the third person, saying “Jerry became attatched to [Victim 4] and always will be.”
The prosecution called their first witness to the stand, known as “Victim 4” in the Grand Jury presentment. Victim 4 met Sandusky through The Second Mile when he was 12 or 13 in 1996 or 1997. He claims that he was subjected to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault by Sandusky. Most of the alleged abuse occurred on campus, but Victim 4 also traveled with Sandusky to bowl games.
After Joe McGettigan delivered the prosecution’s opening remarks this morning, Sandusky’s main counsel Joe Amendola had his turn.
Amendola began by admitting to the jury, “This is a daunting task. I’ll be honest with you, I’m not sure how to approach it.” He compared his job of representing Sandusky as “David and Goalith” or “climbing Mount Everest,” claiming that the media has already labeled the accusers as victims.
It has begun.
A little after 9:00 a.m. this morning in the Centre County Courthouse, nestled in sleepy Victorian Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, one of the most anticipated trials in Pennsylvania history got underway as Jerry Sandusky faces 52 counts of sexual abuse from 10 different accusers.
The Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse trial is set to get underway this morning in Bellefonte. It’s been over seven months since news broke that Sandusky was being charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse against 10 minors, spanning over a period of 15 years, and a unique story has unfolded during that time. The guide below is meant to enhance your education of the ongoing trial, and serve as a reference guide as testimony is given over the next several weeks.
Business for the downtown State College sweet spot, Campus Candy, has gone sour. The go-to location for frozen yogurt and over-priced bags of assorted sugary goodness is closing their doors after operating the College Avenue store front for just a little over a year. Learn more about Campus Candy shutting down their State College location and taking a new direction for the Campus Candy franchise after the jump.
Jury selected for the Jerry Sandusky trial concluded yesterday after only two days. During that process, a list of potential witnesses was shown to the jury pool to vet for any personal connections. Most notably on that list were the names Jay Paterno and Sue Paterno.
A day after Penn State ace Joe Kurrasch was selected in the MLB Draft, two of his teammates were chosen on the draft’s third and final day. The Nittany Lions’ All-Big Ten first baseman Jordan Steranka was selected by his hometown Pittsburgh Pirates in the 21st round, while John Walter, a tall right handed pitcher, was selected by the Kansas City Royals in the 29th round.
Though the windows are boarded up and there aren’t droves of stumbling customers ordering Fat Bitches from the Are U Hungry location on West Beaver Ave, the distinct sounds of jack hammers rattle from inside the once popular late night spot and a sign hangs in the window that reads “Coming Soon: Chrome Bar & Hookah Lounge.”
Thirteen of sixteen jurors (twelve, plus four alternates) are now seated for the upcoming Jerry Sandusky trial.
Earlier this week, Judge John Cleland ruled that the media would no longer be able to Tweet or transmit data from the courtroom during the Jerry Sandusky legal proceedings. This is an infringement on democracy, and one that will hurt society as a whole.
Penn State lefty Joe Kurrasch was selected by the San Francisco Giants in the eighth round (268th overall) of the Major League Baseball First Year Player draft on Tuesday. Kurrasch, a native of San Juan Capistrano, California, is coming off a fantastic first season as a Nittany Lion. He went 4-2 with a 2.05 ERA in 16 appearances, including 11 starts.
Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital again ranked among the nation’s best, this time in three categories: orthopedics, cancer, and diabetes and endocrinology. Find out more after the jump!
The pre-trial proceedings in the Jerry Sandusky case haven’t yet come to a close, with jury selection set to wrap up tomorrow, but the first major piece of evidence that will come from the prosecution on Monday has leaked. ABC News reported early this evening that Sandusky allegedly sent “creepy” love letters to his victims. Letters sent to Victim 4 will be read into testimony when the trial gets underway on Monday.
Jury selection in the child sexual abuse case of Jerry Sandusky began this morning in the small Victorian town of Bellefonte. 220 prospective jurors descended on the Centre County Courthouse around 8:30 am.
While jury selection began in Bellefonte this morning, Penn State issued a statement explaing that it will not comment on specific details in the Jerry Sandusky trial.
In a last-ditch effort to delay his client’s trial, Jerry Sandusky’s co-counsel Karl Rominger has filed a petition to the Superior Court in Harrisburg to postpone the start date of his trial, which is set to begin June 11.