Jerry Sandusky Jury Filled With Penn Staters

Seven of 12 jurors have ties to school
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 6, 2012 5:47 PM CDT
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, gets into attorney Joe Amendola' s car outside the courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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(Newser) – Whether it will help or hurt his cause is already up for debate, but this much is for sure: Jerry Sandusky's fate will be decided by a group of people with lots of ties to Penn State, reports USA Today. Among the 12 main jurors selected for Sandusky's sex-abuse trial are a school senior, an engineering administrative assistant, a dance teacher, and a professor who's been on the faculty for nearly 25 years, notes AP. By its count, seven of the 12 and two of the four alternates are connected to the school in some way.

"It's not a jury of this man's peers, as we generally refer to juries," says one trial expert. "It's like a jury of your co-workers. So many have a connection to this man's workplace." The jury was seated today in unusually fast fashion, and opening arguments are scheduled to begin on Monday. (Read more Jerry Sandusky stories.)

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