Prosecution Rests Vs. Sandusky, Drops 1 Count

Defense begins calling witnesses; Sandusky could testify
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 18, 2012 10:17 AM CDT
Prosecutors Drop 1 Count Vs. Sandusky
In this June 11, 2012 file photo, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after the first day of his trial in Bellefonte, Pa.    (Gene J. Puskar)

Prosecutors rested their case against Jerry Sandusky this morning, clearing the way for the defense to begin calling witnesses that could include the former Penn State assistant football coach himself. The prosecution earlier dropped one of the 52 counts against Sandusky, citing a timing issue in the encounter, which took place in 1995 or 1996. Prosecutors said the statute didn't apply until 1997, but more counts related to Victim 7 are still pending.

The defense today asked the judge to dismiss a number of other charges, but those requests were denied. Sandusky's lawyer suggested in opening statements that Sandusky, 68, may take the stand, although that is a risk that defense attorneys often avoid. (More Jerry Sandusky stories.)

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