Sandusky waives right to preliminary hearing
December 13th, 2011
08:43 AM ET

Sandusky waives right to preliminary hearing

[Updated at 8:51 a.m. ET] Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of sexually abusing young boys, surprised a packed Pennsylvania courtroom Tuesday by waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

After Magistrate Judge Robert Scott asked Sandusky if he understood he was waiving certain rights, the former coach said yes, and the courtroom erupted in conversation and laughter. The judge admonished the crowd, and Sandusky and his attorney, Joe Amendola, left shortly afterward.

His arraignment is set for January 11.

Sandusky faces more than 50 counts involving the sexual molestation of 10 boys he met through a youth charity he founded, The Second Mile. He has denied the allegations, and is free on $250,000 bail.

Tuesday's preliminary hearing was to offer the first glimpse of what the accusers have to say beyond what was contained in a grand jury's initial 28-page presentment. Preliminary hearings are held to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to take a case to trial.

Defense attorneys often use the hearings as fact-finding missions, probing for botched police work or inconsistencies in the testimony of the prosecution witnesses.

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soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Will somebody please put up a different picture of this guy. This one is so creepy. Brrrrr.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  2. gung hoe

    What to hell are you Idiots talking about with religious and republicans.Might I remind you of barney frank the toothless democrat that like poking boys in the rear the perv and as far as religious I am a man of god and I in no way support perversion

    December 13, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  3. Big Game James

    I say castration if you have definitive proof such as DNA or a credible eyewitness. Sadly there are more out there. What about the Dugard case? Imagine the pervs out there that have money and power that could/are keeping young boys and girls locked away for their depraved pleasure. Ok, I'm done on this one. It hurts to even speak on it.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. MING

    AGREE 100% Big Game James

    December 13, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Nice try

    Now him and the lawyer will have lots of time to dream up some new versions of the horse s hit (aka "horse play") defense while figuring out ways to get him out of the country. Luckily for humanity by now there shouldn't be too many places left for him to hide.

    December 13, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©


    December 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Waterboard Mrs. Sandusky

    Use whatever means necessarry to get that fat cow to talk.

    December 13, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Waterboard Mrs. Sandusky

    "He's innocent" [Cattleprod] "He humps boys". See? Easy peasy.

    December 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andreas Moser

    Seems like he can't wait to go to prison because there are more young men there.

    December 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Waterboard Mrs. Sandusky

    @Andreas. So what you are saying is that Sandusky is gay?

    December 13, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bigwilliestyles

    He's twice been given bail that he could quickly make. This whole thing stinks like rotten fish. And I mean more than just Sandusky.

    December 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. RLONG


    December 16, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
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