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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  1. MR

    Trial time!

    December 13, 2011 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • C

      Waste of taxpayer dollar's.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joe

    He must have been hoping none of his victims would actually show up.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. klownboy

    He should be thrown underneath the jail

    December 13, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      But only if it is true! Right?

      December 13, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. klownboy

    http://wp.me/p1gCK6-fD

    December 13, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    What a disgusting piece of trash. Of course he waived his hearing....BECAUSE HE'S GUILTY AS SIN!!!! As far as I'm concerned he deserves death because he "murdered" the innocence of these young boys.

    December 13, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • DefyTheGods

      "Murdered the innocence..."? Wow, that's exaclty how I see it! It's way more than just abuse.

      December 13, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      I can't believe that he is guilty. And none of you posting here know the truth. So if he is NOT guilty how can he prove it? HUH?

      December 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dreamer

    Somehow he and his lawyers will get off and the victims will be victimized again. I'm shocked the republican candidates and religious people aren't supporting him. After all, birds of a feather flock together.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Che

      FYI: The GOP Party is a "Group Of Pervert’s" bunking little boys from the rear. I bet you voted for them in Nov. 2010.
      Live with it!

      December 13, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Bob

    Looks to me like they knew they'd lose, they want to avoid publicity, and they don't want to look like they're badgering the alledged victims. This will be an interesting game of chess.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    If this is a legal maneuver it's a strange one. The implication is that Sandusky couldn't bear to face his accusers any sooner than he absolutely has to.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    There must be a legal or public-relations benefit to his waiving this right.
    Every time I see something about this case I feel a little nauseated, and I didn't feel so good this morning anyway.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. Che

    GOP pervert bunking little boys inn the rear whilst his wife and children looked the other way. Only in America.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • LA

      This happens every where not only in America, unfortunately!

      December 13, 2011 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. LA

    He's as Guilty as Sin! Why is he even free on bail is unbelievable? Apparently Sandusky and his wife had a bunch of Foster children years ago plus they adopted a bunch too. Have any of them come forward? Or is that still under investigation? What a travesty!

    December 13, 2011 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Plug1

    Beware of those kind of faces.

    December 13, 2011 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    All he did was admit there was enough evidence against him to go to trial.

    This is a good thing, IMO; this way, the victims will have to tell it only one more time- at trial.

    These poor guys have to live with this forever...

    December 13, 2011 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
  14. NOWdammitNOW!

    Death penalty for child molesters NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 13, 2011 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bill

    This was a shrewd move by his attorneys to avoid being further demonized and "tried" in the media. Let's remember he's only guilty when proven so! This whole thing needs to be a learning experience so parents will finally realize that it's not the ex-offender down the street that needs their scrutiny, but rather the coaches, teachers, aunts and uncles, etc, etc. Time to check with our kids and we'll likely hear about lots of strange behaviors and incidents that need to come to light.

    December 13, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
    • MING

      HELLO ARE YOU THERE BILL JUST MAKING SURE YOU ARE HUMAN, AS YOU SOUND STUPID, UNEDUCATED AND OF CERTAIN ORGIN.

      December 13, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      Can you prove that he is guilt? He may be totally innocent since there are no photos, no eye witnesses and etc. Wait for the jury trial. Hopefully they will find the facts. I think that the families are just after money. They all seem like a bunch of buzzards smelling the scent of dollar bills.

      December 13, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
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