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Sandusky Case: Defense Has Cost $200,000 to Date, Report Says

by on April 11, 2012 11:35 AM

Defending Jerry Sandusky has cost at least $200,000, USA Today reported Wednesday.

And, according to attorney Joe Amendola, his client has yet to take a psychological exam because of "uncertain financial resources."

Amendola spoke to the newspaper only days before Judge John M. Cleland yanked public comment privileges from anyone involved with the case in a ruling Sunday night.

Amednola said "financial considerations" have blocked the defense from fully investigating eight of the individuals who have said Sandusky abused them. Two of the alleged victims remain unidentified by the prosecution.

"We have not been able to develop full profiles of these people," Amendola said. He previously asked the court to require the prosecution to turn over any documentation of drug and alcohol use by the alleged victims, only to have the request denied.

Amendola said Sandusky has "cashed out" his retirement, and is drawing on an insurance policy from the Second Mile to help pay for his defense. Federal Insurance Co., the insurance provider for the charity Sandusky founded to help at-risk youth, went to federal court to prove that it is not responsible for the defense's costs. It cited Sandusky's alleged "reprehensible acts" in its defense.

Pending resolution to the lawsuit, the company has paid defense expenses of at least $125,000, USA Today reported.

Attorneys representing the insurance company and the prosecution did not return calls for comment.

Under house arrest as he awaits a June trial date, Sandusky spends his time calling potential witness, Amendola said, who will hear from his client as many as 15 times a day.

USA Today talked to prosecutors outside of the case who said that without substantial funding for the proper investigations, the defense could face heading to trial without "really important information."

Sandusky's trial is currently set for June 5. The former coach faces 52 charges and is accused of abusing 10 individuals over a 15-year period. He maintains his innocence. 

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Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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