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|Jerry Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing Tuesday, choosing to go to trial on child sex abuse charges. He will be arraigned Jan. 11.|
“"We're not going to comment about any specific issues or individuals involved in the ongoing investigation that would not be fair or appropriate," Penn State department of public information director Lisa Powers said, according to ESPN's Pedro Gomez. Amendola told reporters Tuesday that Sandusky is an emotional, physical man -- "a loving guy, an affectionate guy" -- who never did anything illegal. The lawyer likened Sandusky's behavior to his own Italian family in which "everybody hugged and kissed each other." Sandusky has told NBC and The New York Times that his relationship to the boys who said he abused them was like that of an extended family. Sandusky characterized his experiences with the children as "precious times" and said the physical aspect of the relationships "just happened that way" and didn't involve abuse. Amendola said he decided to waive the preliminary hearing late Monday after concluding that the evidence would be one-sided, and after prosecutors agreed to give early warning of any further charges and to keep Sandusky's bail at $250,000. A spokesman for the prosecutors said Sandusky's bail conditions were adequate, but made no other promises.
There will be no plea negotiations. This is a fight to the death.” -- Joseph Amendola, attorney for Jerry Sandusky
“"Sandusky waived his rights today. We waived nothing," said Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the state attorney general's office. Curley and Schultz will not waive their preliminary hearings, scheduled for Friday in Harrisburg, their lawyers said. Amendola and state prosecutors confirmed that no one had started plea bargain talks. "There will be no plea negotiations," Amendola said. "This is a fight to the death." Some of the alleged victims were disappointed they didn't have the opportunity to testify, their lawyers said, after steeling themselves to face him. "It would have been apparent from watching those boys and their demeanor that they were telling the truth," said Howard Janet, a lawyer for a boy whose mother contacted police in 1998 and said her son had showered with Sandusky. Sandusky was accompanied to court by his wife, Dottie, some of their adopted children and alumni of The Second Mile, an organization that he founded in 1977 to help struggling children. The grand jury report said he used the charity to meet and lure his alleged victims. "We have no comment," Eric Herman, public relations director for The Second Mile, told ESPN's Gomez.
Regardless of the decision to waive the hearing, nothing has changed. I still will stand my ground, testify and speak the truth.” -- Statement from accuser, referred to in grand jury report as Victim 4
|Attorney Ben Andreozzi read a handwritten statement from the accuser known in the grand jury report as Victim 4.|