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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.

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13 “Victim 4” Testifies on Day One [Graphic Language]

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.

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3 Day One: Joe Amendola Delivers Opening Statement

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.

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0 Jerry Sandusky Trial Reference Guide

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.

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0 Jerry Sandusky Allegedly Sent Love Letters To Victims

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.

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0 Sandusky Accusers File Motions to Remain Anonymous

On Monday, attorneys for victims 3, 4, 5, and 7 filed motions at the Centre County Courthouse in the hopes of preventing their identities from being revealed at trial. The motions asked for the court to consider allowing the alleged victims to use a pseudonym when giving testimony, and cited several previous high-profile cases as precedence for this procedure.

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0 Catching You Up on the Sandusky Case

With Jerry Sandusky’s trial set to begin in less than a month on June 5th, the amount of legal filings and case tidbits have been breaking at an alarming rate over the last several days. Here’s a brief recap on some of the important stuff, assuming you haven’t cared to comb through hundreds of pages of documents on the Centre County website.

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8 To Chairwoman Peetz

Dear Chairwoman Peetz,

It was with sadness that I read yet another story by Sara Ganim today. Each update from the Patriot News has added yet another disheartening dimension to this profound tragedy. And today, Chairwoman, the story was about you.

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0 Sandusky Pre-Trial Hearing to be Held Today

A pre-trial hearing has been set for 11 a.m. today in Bellefonte, where Jerry Sandusky’s defense team will argue for a more specific Bill of Particulars. Last week, upon the order of Judge John Cleland, the prosecution released a Bill of Particulars that included a list of the identities of the ten alleged victims, as well as the dates, times, and locations where the alleged crimes were committed.

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0 Bill of Particulars for Sandusky Case Released

A bill of particulars was released this afternoon by Attorney General Linda Kelly, which outlines the date and location of the alleged sex-abuse crimes committed against ten minors by Jerry Sandusky, as well as the age of the alleged victims. This comes after Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, requested that this information be released so that the defense could prepare for the upcoming trial, which has a tentative start date of May 14.

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