Witness: Sandusky Had a 'Wonderful Reputation'
Jury could have the case by Thursday, judge says
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 18, 2012 2:42 PM CDT
Jerry Sandusky arrives the courthouse for the second week of his trial at the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, June 18, 2012.   (Nabil K. Mark)
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(Newser) – Friends and ex-colleagues of Jerry Sandusky testified today on behalf of the former Penn State assistant football coach's "wonderful reputation" as his defense sought to counter prosecution witnesses' claims that he sexually abused boys. Judge John Cleland told jurors that the defense could rest its case by Wednesday, which would mean closing arguments could come Thursday morning. "This is all very tentative, you understand," Cleland told the 12 jurors and four alternates.

It's still unclear how Sandusky's defense team will proceed tomorrow. When asked if he would testify on his own behalf, Sandusky looked a reporter in the eye and said nothing. Former Penn State assistant coach Dick Anderson testified that he and other football staff never witnessed anything inappropriate when Sandusky brought young boys around. "If Jerry would bring someone in with The Second Mile, they had been working out, for whatever reason they came in, it was not uncommon ... with the other coaches in the shower as well," Anderson said. "He was well thought of in every regard."

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