Monday, June 11, 2012

Sandusky Trial Starts Today ~ with Live Links


The Jerry Sandusky child abuse trial starts today in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.

You can follow the proceedings with these links:
WGAL Livewire - Frequent Updates
Sara Ganim from Patriot News on Twitter
Patriot News Full Coverage

This one twitter just about says it all:

Prosecutor Makes Opening Statement
It is Sandusky -- who sat in a wrinkled green suit and turned his chair and faced a 12-foot projection screen as McGettigan showed pictures of each of his accusers as boys.
One juror shook her head as the prosecutor explained the abuse that each allegedly endured.
All 16 -- 12 jurors and four alternates -- were listening intently, wide-eyed, as McGettigan and defense attorney Joe Amendola made their opening arguments in the historic child sex abuse case against the 68-year-old football great.
Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, and adopted son Matt, both left right before opening arguments when the judge ordered that all witnesses be sequestered.
Almost flush up to the jury box, and in a soft-spoken voice, McGettigan did a rundown of the 10 cases against Sandusky, calling it the “systematic behavior ... of a serial predatory pedophile.”
But the Defense says:
“Jerry loves kids so much that he does things none of us would ever dream of doing,” Amendola said. “The evidence will show these kids had problems. Over the years, Jerry dealt with hundreds of thousands of kids. There’s eight accusers.”
Almost immediately, Amendola attacked the case of Victim 2 -- the case in which assistant coach Mike McQueary says he witnessed Sandusky assaulting a young boy in the Penn State locker room showers in 2001.
Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, vice president Gary Schultz, McQueary’s father John, his friend, Dr. Jonathan Dranov all heard McQueary’s story and never called police.
“Not one of them said call the police,” he said. “Even after nothing happened (McQueary himself) never called the police.”
Amendola also told jurors that six of the eight men who will testify have civil attorneys.
“You saw those 8 photos, cute kids,” he said. “Why would they lie? Folks, I don’t know if any of you have been involved in family disputes over money. ... The evidence will show these young men had a financial interest in pursuing this case. All of these kids came from The Second Mile by recommendation and referrals ... because they had issues.”
Showering naked with young boys -- that was part of a culture that Sandusky knew, Amendola said. Partly because of his history in sports, and partly because of the way he grew up.

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