June 21st, 2012
01:00 AM ET

Closing arguments set after defense rests without Sandusky testimony

Closing arguments will begin Thursday in the child sex abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky after his defense team rested without putting the former assistant football coach on the stand.

After the defense rested Wednesday, the prosecution said it had no further rebuttal witnesses, and the judge scheduled closing arguments to begin at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Defense attorney Joe Amendola had told reporters to "stay tuned" to see whether the former Penn State University defensive coordinator would testify. It was thought his testimony could provide the opening that prosecutors needed to introduce new evidence against the former coach.

Sandusky, 68, has pleaded not guilty to 51 counts related to accusations of child sex abuse against 10 boys over a 15-year period.

The prosecution had called its only rebuttal witness on Tuesday, to counter testimony that raised questions about Sandusky's mental health.

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  1. Beth Faust

    How was Sandusky able to speak at a female juror's graduation as recently as 2007, when he was supposedly banned from campus for earlier allegations? Quite a poor choice for giving a motivational speech to graduates!

    June 21, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    He was banned from using the athletic department's facilities, not the campus itself.

    June 21, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pablo

    Football is more important than a few victims. Overlook Sandusky's mild transgressions. He brought joy and happiness to many Penn State fans.

    June 21, 2012 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ronaldo

    It is absolutely normal for adult coaches to invite pre teens to college games and shower with them afterwards.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |