June 20th, 2012
12:12 AM ET

Last chance for Sandusky to testify as abuse trial nears conclusion

The child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky will resume Wednesday with attention focused on whether the former Penn State defensive coordinator will take the stand.

Wednesday is likely to offer the last opportunity for the defendant to testify, since Judge John Cleland informed the jury Tuesday afternoon that he expects the defense to rest its case by lunchtime.

Sandusky is fully prepped and ready to testify, according to a person with knowledge of the case. Whether he will actually take the stand won't be decided until the final defense witnesses testify Wednesday, the person added.

Sandusky's attorney told reporters Tuesday to "stay tuned" to see if his client will testify in a case that has upended Penn State University and its football program.

"You have to wait," attorney Joe Amendola said just before entering the Pennsylvania courthouse and calling witnesses for a second day.

Sandusky, 68, is on trial on 51 counts related to accusations of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year span. He has denied the charges.

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  1. Hope

    Stay Tuned?

    What is this, a trial or a variety show? He'll never testify. He may be prepped but he's not believable... he's shifty and the jury will see right through him. Life without parole? He deserves that and more.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Hi, Hope!
      We seem to be two ships passing in the night...
      I sincerely hope he does take the stand!
      He'll convict himself....
      If he listens to his attorney, he won't; but given that he's an attention hog, he probably thinks he can talk his way out of anything.
      I hope, hope, hope he takes the stand!

      June 20, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Hi, Banasy:

      I've been busy with a new grand baby and helping my daughter. Its been hard to keep up with the news and, lately, there are a lot of stories posted to the biog that I have very little interest in.

      I hope all is going well for you.

      Love,
      Hope

      June 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. francois2012

    OK

    June 20, 2012 at 2:51 am | Report abuse |
  3. madmaninthemiddle

    He's gonna love prison. Child molesters get treated especially well there.

    June 20, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    Dottie would be the obvious choice to testify on Jerry's behalf. Knowing her "tools of deception" have been honed to perfection down through time from the beginning of Eve's acceptance as being the "agent" of mans down-fall from God.

    With Dottie's testimony... One-by-one, she placed a veil over each juror's head.
    You see the delivery and presentation must be veiled; made to seem sensible, something Jerry failed at miserably.

    Meticulously countering some of the victims claims, In the end, "Reasonable Doubt" (to be placed in Jurors minds) was the most anyone could expect from Dotties testimony; hard to undo the impact of 8 young mens chilling account.

    June 20, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      The state of Pennsylvania has an equal if not more sinister roll in this trial as an "enabler".
      You see, "PA" is the only state that does not allow expert witnesses to testify on victim behavior in criminal cases.
      the prosecution was not allowed to call any mental health professionals who could testify about the complex and multiple facets of child s@xual abuse victims, their behavior, and the grooming process used by the perpetrator.
      Yet Sandusky’s attorney was allowed to call a mental health expert who claims Sandusky suffers from “Histrionic Personality Disorder.” Of course that comes with a warning to the defense NOT to mention in any a reason for the s@x abused claims leveled against Jerry, open the door for prosecutors.

      June 20, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Looks like we're all trying to climb our way out of the hole that Eve made in tandem with Satan and Adam.
    What do you call a women who has come to hate Eve through enlightened knowledge of biblical history?
    fin

    June 20, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    ummm a descendant off eve? As we all are.

    June 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    oops meant *of* eve. And Mary we cannot blame our faults on Adam and Eve. God gave us all brains and with those came a conscience. Its what we, as people decide to do that make us good or evil.

    June 20, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • mickey1313

      If Adam and eve are/ were real, then why does incest care mental and physical problems now, but not back then?

      June 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Hope

    Eve was to have labor pains and to yearn for her man. That's not so bad, but, death? And I can testify how that can be a curse... but there was a woman who was picked to carry Abraham's seed to Jesus.

    Eve was tempted by a talking snake. He said God had lied and if she ate it, she would become 'like' God. She was an innocent, that's why it was Adam's seed that carried death, because he knew better. He knew God would hold nothing that was good for him. That's why he is to represent the head of the family, in God's arrangement. And, as a descendant of Eve, that's not so bad.

    God knows...

    June 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hope

    Correction:

    Eve was to have labor pains and to yearn for her man. And I can testify how that can be a curse... but there was a woman who was picked to carry Abraham's seed to Jesus.

    Eve was tempted by a talking snake. He said God had lied and if she ate it, she would become 'like' God. She was an innocent, that's why it was Adam's seed that carried death, because he knew better. He knew God would hold nothing that was good for him. That's why he is to represent the head of the family, in God's arrangement. And, as a descendant of Eve, that's not so bad.

    God knows...

    June 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |