Sandusky's Fate Now in Jury's Hands

3 charges dropped this morning; he still faces 48 counts
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 21, 2012 12:55 PM CDT
Sandusky's Fate Now in Jury's Hands
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Thursday, June 21, 2012.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Newser) – Jerry Sandusky's fate is now in the jury's hands. In his closing argument, defense attorney Joe Amendola attempted to discredit the first alleged victim who came forward, claiming that Victim 1's lawyer is after money and that he and investigators prompted the alleged victim to come forward with more damning testimony. "Hundreds of thousands of kids have been involved with Jerry Sandusky over the years and not one before this witness, not a teacher, not a counselor, said [Sandusky] did something. Not one," Amendola said.

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Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan then asked the jury to "find [Sandusky] guilty of everything," reports the Patriot-News, which adds that Sandusky smiled through most of McGettigan's closing statement. Before closing arguments began, Judge John Cleland dismissed three of the 51 charges against Sandusky, USA Today reports. Two of the counts involving Victim 4 were not supported by the evidence, the judge found, and another count was a duplicate. (Read more Jerry Sandusky stories.)

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