June 20th, 2012
01:13 PM ET

Sandusky defense rests without ex-coach's testimony

Closing arguments are set for Thursday morning in the child-rape trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky after his defense rested its case without calling Sandusky to the witness stand.

Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. Defense attorney Joe Amendola had told reporters earlier to "stay tuned" to see whether the onetime Penn State defensive coordinator would testify - a move that could have given prosecutors an opening to introduce new evidence against the former coach.

Over four days, several prosecution witnesses testified that Sandusky forced them to engage in sexual acts with him in various places, including showers in the Penn State coaches' locker room, hotel rooms and the basement of his home. One told jurors that Sandusky - whom he met, like many of the accusers, through a charity for disadvantaged youths that the ex-coach founded - had threatened him if he told others about the abuse.

But Sandusky’s wife Dottie testified Tuesday that she could remember at least six of her husband's accusers staying overnight at their house, and said she did not witness any sexual abuse. And former Penn State coach Richard Anderson said it was not uncommon for coaches and youths to use the shower at the same time, and that he had never seen anything inappropriate between Sandusky and a child.

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  1. banasy©

    Dayum.
    I was so hoping the old reprobate would testify.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    I'm just glad we call him "ex" coach now. Just think of the young males who would be spared if we were to apply these same rules to "ex" 'holy men'.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Of course! a man charged with raypeing a man too young to hump-on legally should lose his job while the court decides his case. But sadly, this rule only applies to taxpayers.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    *raypeing a male too young to hump-on legally, rather.
    Sandusky can hump on every man in Pennsylvania for all I care, and legally.

    June 20, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    Can I throw the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Stewart Greenleaf in that basement too?

    June 20, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Now lets put the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Stewart Greenleaf on trail

    House Bill 1264 would allow experts to address questions about victim behavior in s@x assault cases, including why a person abused in childhood might wait for decades to report the assaults.

    This bill has already passed in the State House in Pennsylvania by a 197-0 margin. But since last June 2011, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Stewart Greenleaf, has not done a thing about it, telling the Philadelphia Weekly that he has concerns about it. (15 Dec 2011 'PA's Backward Expert-Witness Law Creates Advantage for Jerry Sandusky' by Tara Murtha

    Wall Street Journal reports, "In Pennsylvania legal circles Mr. Amendola is known for attacking the credibility of alleged victims, especially those in s@xual-assault cases."

    June 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Big Deal

    Colorado recently repealed laws keeping a child's testimony from the court (attorney client privilege), except in cases involving se x abuse. Those are still kept secret.

    June 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Greek American

    If this jury doesn't find this sorry excuse for a human being guilty, then I will have finally lost all remaining hope I had for this country, which was greatly reduced after the Anthony verdict.

    June 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |