Sandusky Trial Resumes Monday [VIDEO]
Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky trial have finished calling eight accusers to the stand who’ve claimed that the former Penn State assistant coach sexually abused them when they were children. Sandusky’s defense attorneys could begin putting on their own witnesses as early as Monday, when testimony continues.
A look at the trial so far.
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KEY DEVELOPMENTS: Testimony from three more accusers Thursday included some of the most graphic details of the trial’s four days and gave the term “tickle monster” a dark, almost nefarious meaning. Jurors heard one accuser say he spent more than 100 nights at Jerry Sandusky’s home, sleeping on a waterbed in a basement room he thought was soundproof because no one heard him scream when he was assaulted. Another accuser told jurors Sandusky called himself the “tickle monster” before embracing him in a shower.
ODDS AND ENDS: A small group of family and friends has been sitting near Sandusky during the trial this week save for one key figure, his wife, Dottie Sandusky. Her absence has been noted, but it’s not a sign of her sentiment toward her husband or an attempt to avoid the testimony that has taken place. She’s not allowed to be in the court. Judge John Cleland asked that those who will testify to be sequestered from the courtroom, and she’s on the defense team’s witness list and could be called next week.
WHAT’S NEXT: A three-day weekend. The court has recessed, but prosecutors have not rested their case, which means they could still call more witnesses on Monday. Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola said “I think we’ll start Monday,” signaling that if the prosecution rests at the start of next week, the judge is not likely to delay the next phase of the trial.
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