Sue, Jay Paterno Blindsided by Potentially Having to Testify in Sandusky Trial
Sue and Jay Paterno had no advance warning they could be called to testify during Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse trial, the family said in a statement Thursday.
In fact, neither know for sure if they will be asked to take the stand.
During jury selection earlier this week, Jay, who is also a columnist for StateCollege.com, and Sue appeared on a list of potential defense witnesses in the case. Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He maintains his innocence.
The Paterno family will not comment while the trial is underway, unless an exceptional or unexpected development occurs that would require a response.
The trial starts Monday.
Here is the family's complete statement, issued through attorney Wick Sollers:
"Over the last few days, numerous reporters have inquired about the news that Sue Paterno and Jay Paterno have been listed as possible witnesses in the upcoming trial of Jerry Sandusky. The Paternos had no advance notice of this development and have no idea if they will in fact be called to testify.
"The family has also received repeated media requests for interviews. Out of respect for the legal process, it is the family's strong preference not to comment while the trial is underway.
"The only directive Joe Paterno gave to his family is that they should pursue the truth, while forcefully defending the honor and integrity of Penn State and the countless thousands of students, faculty, coaches and donors who have worked so hard over the years to build it into a world class institution. This is the course the family has carefully followed during this extraordinary process.
"Accordingly, while the trial is underway, the Paterno family will not make any further public comment unless something exceptional and unexpected develops that necessitates a response."