Jerry Sandusky Won't Take Stand in Trial Defense

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on June 20 2012 11:43 AM
A grand jury indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys on November 4th of last year.
A grand jury indicted Jerry Sandusky on 40 counts of sexual abuse of young boys last Nov. 4. Reuters

Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky will not take the stand in his sex-abuse trial.

Sandusky's defense attorney Joe Amendola told reporters on Wednesday that Sandusky wanted to take the stand to defend himself against the 51 sex abuse charges, but that the defense team overruled his wishes.

The defense team is expected to rest its case on Wednesday and the jury could begin deliberating as early as Thursday.

The decision to overrule Sandusky's wishes to testify comes a day after his wife, Dottie, testified in his defense. Dottie Sandusky didn't do much to bolster her husband's defense, but she did refute claims that her basement was soundproof and that her family ever owned a silver convertible.

Some believed that the only chance Sandusky had at being acquitted was to take the stand and answer the allegations, but the defense is banking on inconsistencies within the prosecution's case will create enough reasonable doubt for the jury.

On Wednesday the defense zeroed in on proving inconsistencies with Mike McQueary's testimony. McQueary, a former Penn State assistant, testified about seeing Sandusky engaging with sexual acts with a 10-year-old boy, but the defense sought out to discredit his testimony on Wednesday.

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