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Sandusky Didn't Take Stand Because Son was Going to Testify About Abuse, Transcript Says

by on September 21, 2012 6:55 PM

The entire transcript of Jerry Sandusky's trial was released on Friday afternoon and reveals details not shared in court, including why the defendant did not take the stand on his own behalf. 

Sandusky was prepared to take the stand until his adopted son, Matt, met with prosecutors and was going to detail his history of abuse suffered at the hands of his adoptive father. 

“Our position on the Matt Sandusky development coming literally at the close of the Commonwealth’s case basically took the heart out of our defense, because our defense was going to be Mr. Sandusky testifying,” attorney Joe Amendola told Judge John Cleland.

Matt Sandusky originally was on the defense's list of witnesses to be called to the stand, but was sent back to sit with his family during the trial. It was later revealed Matt was also alleging abuse by the former Penn State assistant football coach. 

Also, juror No. 6 was replaced after the judge was made aware of the fact she may have worked for a major Second Mile supporter and could have already decided that Sandusky was guilty.

The documents, separated by days and events by Centre County Court, total more than 2,000 pages and detail jury selection, the defense's attempts to halt the trial and the testimony of each witnesses. 

Sandusky, 68, was convicted on June 22 on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He will be sentenced in Centre County Court by Judge Cleland on Oct. 9.

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