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« Reply #1700 on: June 20, 2012, 01:58:26 PM »

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Jerry Sandusky trial: Defense asks for 4 charges to be dismissed
By SARA GANIM, The Patriot-News
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 1:12 PM     Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 1:18 PM

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- The defense in the Jerry Sandusky trial made a motion today, asking for four charges to be dismissed because of their timing.
The defense says the events leading to the charges were alleged to have happened during a football weekend that the defense says does not exist. A ruling wasn't immediate.
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« Reply #1701 on: June 20, 2012, 02:03:35 PM »

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Jerry Sandusky trial: Defense subpoenas reporter Sara Ganim
By CHARLES THOMPSON, The Patriot-News
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 1:40 PM


Sara Ganim

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Patriot-News reporter Sara Ganim was subpoenaed Tuesday and was to be called but did not take the stand in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial this morning.

On Tuesday, the paper filed a motion opposing the subpoena, asserting Ganim’s privileges under the Pennsylvania Shield Law and the First Amendment not to testify with respect to her newsgathering activities on this story.

At a hearing Wednesday morning, the judge indicated that Ganim could immediately be sent to jail if she refused to testify.

When the defense indicated they were about to call Ganim to the stand, Patriot-News attorney Craig Staudenmaier asked Judge John Cleland for a meeting at the bench and the trial was put into a brief recess.

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Staudenmaier told the judge that Ganim would maintain assertion of her Shield Law privileges despite the risk of jail.
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« Reply #1702 on: June 20, 2012, 02:31:42 PM »

Dottie was not the only one who could have revealed case related happenings within the Sandusky household ... dirty little secrets that may have upheld the testimonies of the victims.

The silence of the Sandusky's five adopted sons and one adopted daughter throughout the entire trial as well as the months prior was deafening?  Why were they not called by the Prosecution to testify under oath?  Why were they not called by the defence to testify along with their mother as character witnesses for their father?

Maybe there is something I am not getting.

Dottie walking alone from her vehicle to the court yesterday and again walking alone to her vehicle following testimony raisesquestions in my mind that one day may be answered.  IMO.

Janet

Hi Janet,

I'm no expert, but have a bit of familial experience with a loved one being charged with a crime.  I was subpoenaed and believe me, I was one scared and less than happy person.  I consulted with an attorney who told me prosecutors don't like to drag
family into a case where there's no clear involvement as they expect the witness will be hostile and can't predict how they
will act.  The only reason they had access to me was a completely legal, business related filing. Thank the Lord, the case concluded without my having to testify. 

Having said that, maybe the Sandusky family decided to protect their children.  I don't think their children had anything to do
with the allegations against Jerry Sandusky.   What good would it do for them to behave ala the Anthony's and shout his innocence from the highest tree?  While I think JS and DS are less than honorable people, I'm glad their children haven't been a part of this.  They deserve their privacy. 

numbersgirl ... we will have to agree to disagree on this one.

In this period in time ... the Sandusky's adopted "children" are adults.  If Jerry's grown five sons and one daughter do not have incriminating case related knowledge and/or have not experienced or witnessed any case related inappropriate behavior over the years within the home ... it would make sense "to me" that they would have been open advocates of their father in both the media leading up to the trial and ... on the stand testifying "under oath"  as character witnesses.  IMO

Are any of the Sandusky's grown kids on Penn State's payroll?

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« Reply #1703 on: June 20, 2012, 02:45:52 PM »

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Jerry Sandusky trial: Bellefonte abuzz as Jerry Sandusky defense wraps its case
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Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 12:34 PM     Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 1:11 PM


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« Reply #1704 on: June 20, 2012, 02:56:56 PM »

In regard to the Sandusky's adopted (now adult) children testifying:
Janet, I remembered Jerry Sandusky's former daughter in-law had objections concerning his being able to visit her son (Jerry's grandson), but I was trying to find something before I spoke.  You can probably find a lot more information researching from this article. 

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/13/judge-allows-sandusky-to-see-grandchildren-have-local-jury/
Sandusky's former daughter-in-law reportedly claims accused molester unsafe for 'any children'
Published February 14, 2012
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The former daughter-in-law of Jerry Sandusky blasted a court ruling allowing the accused child molester to visit his grandchildren, reportedly claiming that the former Penn State coach inappropriately touched her son.

Jill Thomas, who was married to Sandusky's son Matt, said on Monday she would continue to fight against Sandusky, 68, being allowed to visit his grandchildren, ABCNews.com reports.

Judge John Cleland on Monday granted Sandusky’s request for relaxed bail terms that allow him to visit with all of his grandchildren except for Thomas’ children, due to her objections.

“I do not believe it is safe for my children, or any children, to be around Jerry Sandusky,” Thomas said.
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Thomas said she tried to testify at the hearing last week, but that her testimony was submitted instead as a written summary by the state attorney general to Cleland. In a statement released on Monday, Thomas said the summary did not accurately or completely reflect the danger Sandusky posed to children.

“Although I have kept silent up until now to protect my children and my family’s privacy, I can no longer keep silent about Jerry Sandusky’s request to be permitted to see my children,” Thomas said. “Shortly after news of the child sexual abuse criminal charges against Jerry Sandusky became public, my children reported to me that Jerry Sandusky, their grandfather, had inappropriately touched my son. I was devastated by this news.”

Thomas said she reported her son’s claim to authorities, who determined there was not enough evidence to charge Sandusky with a crime. But a psychologist who worked with her son after the revelation said Sandusky may have been grooming the boy for sexual abuse, Thomas said.
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« Reply #1705 on: June 20, 2012, 03:11:17 PM »

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Defense abruptly rests without calling Jerry Sandusky
June 20, 2012

Updated at 2:26 p.m ET: Lawyers for Jerry Sandusky abruptly rested their case Wednesday morning without calling the former Penn State University assistant football coach to the stand
It was an unexpected end to the defense phase of Sandusky's trial on 51 counts alleging that he abused 10 boys over 15 years.

Without explanation, defense attorneys requested a recess during testimony from one of their own witnesses. Then — after an unusually long break during ,which both legal teams joined the judge in his chambers amid speculation over whether Sandusky would take the risky step of testifying — defense attorneys said they were done.

The prosecution offered no rebuttal witnesses. Court was adjourned until Thursday morning, when closing arguments were scheduled.

The defense decision came after the witness, David Hilton, 21, reacted with surprise when he was asked whether he knew that his uncle had called the defense team Tuesday night. Sandusky attorney Karl Rominger then asked for a recess.

Hilton was testifying that he spent a lot of time with Sandusky as a youth. He said he spent many nights at the Sanduskys' home but that nothing inappropriate ever happened.


It wasn't the only surprise on the seventh day of Sandusky's trial in Bellefonte, Pa. Judge John Cleland announced as court opened that one of the jurors had taken ill and was being replaced by an alternate.

Then, he announced that lawyers for both sides had agreed to stipulate that the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who broke the Sandusky story had helped the mother of one of Sandusky's alleged victims find an investigator. The defense contends that investigators and journalists in Pennsylvania started with the premise that Sandusky was guilty of abusing young boys and ignored evidence of his innocence.
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« Reply #1706 on: June 20, 2012, 03:14:17 PM »

 

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Jerry Sandusky case may have led Sussex man to kill ex-Scout leader
Published: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 9:45 AM     Updated: Wednesday, June 20, 2012, 9:56 AM

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« Reply #1707 on: June 20, 2012, 03:27:47 PM »

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Defense rests without calling Sandusky to testify
June 20, 2011

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The defense rested after an approximately 40-minute closed-door meeting involving attorneys, Sandusky and the judge overseeing the case. Under Pennsylvania law, a defendant must waive his right to testify on his own behalf, but it doesn't have to happen in open court.

The next steps in the trial are jury instructions and then closing arguments, set for Thursday morning.
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At the close of the court session, Sandusky attorney Karl Rominger asked Judge John Cleland to dismiss five counts related to so-called Victim 10, a boy never identified by investigators.

A Penn State janitor reportedly told co-workers he saw the boy being molested by Sandusky in a football team shower. The janitor was not medically competent to testify, but a co-worker took the stand to describe what the man told him.

Rominger argued that those charges should be dismissed because there was no evidence to back up the alleged offense date listed in a court document known as the bill of particulars. Prosecutor Frank Fina said the relevant document was not the bill of particulars, but rather the "criminal information," and Cleland allowed him to submit a written response before he would rule on the matter.
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In regard to the Sandusky's adopted (now adult) children testifying:
Janet, I remembered Jerry Sandusky's former daughter in-law had objections concerning his being able to visit her son (Jerry's grandson), but I was trying to find something before I spoke.  You can probably find a lot more information researching from this article. 

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/02/13/judge-allows-sandusky-to-see-grandchildren-have-local-jury/
Sandusky's former daughter-in-law reportedly claims accused molester unsafe for 'any children'
Published February 14, 2012
FoxNews.com

The former daughter-in-law of Jerry Sandusky blasted a court ruling allowing the accused child molester to visit his grandchildren, reportedly claiming that the former Penn State coach inappropriately touched her son.

Jill Thomas, who was married to Sandusky's son Matt, said on Monday she would continue to fight against Sandusky, 68, being allowed to visit his grandchildren, ABCNews.com reports.

Judge John Cleland on Monday granted Sandusky’s request for relaxed bail terms that allow him to visit with all of his grandchildren except for Thomas’ children, due to her objections.

“I do not believe it is safe for my children, or any children, to be around Jerry Sandusky,” Thomas said.

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Thomas said she tried to testify at the hearing last week, but that her testimony was submitted instead as a written summary by the state attorney general to Cleland. In a statement released on Monday, Thomas said the summary did not accurately or completely reflect the danger Sandusky posed to children.

“Although I have kept silent up until now to protect my children and my family’s privacy, I can no longer keep silent about Jerry Sandusky’s request to be permitted to see my children,” Thomas said. “Shortly after news of the child sexual abuse criminal charges against Jerry Sandusky became public, my children reported to me that Jerry Sandusky, their grandfather, had inappropriately touched my son. I was devastated by this news.”

Thomas said she reported her son’s claim to authorities, who determined there was not enough evidence to charge Sandusky with a crime. But a psychologist who worked with her son after the revelation said Sandusky may have been grooming the boy for sexual abuse, Thomas said.


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Thanks MuffyBee.  I was going to do a google search for this or a related article later.  I wanted to refresh my recollection prior to commenting.

Anyways ... when the charges by the prosecutor were considered ... when the complaint  made  by Sandusky's former DIL is considered ... why did Judge John Cleland let this guy out on bond as well as have access to his grandchildren?

Why was DIL and psychologist not called as prosecution witness.

When I consider the direct conflict of interest regarding six jurors with affiliations to Penn State and ... when I consider a judge who bowed over backwards to appease Sandusky in regards to bond and access to his grandchildren ... I fear that the outcome of this trial will not be positive.  In other words ... real justice for all the victims of this pedophile may not prevail.  I hope I am wrong.

Considering it is a given that Penn State loses big time in regards to lawsuits if Jerry Sandusky goes down ... why was another location not chosen for the trial?

It is my prayer that my worries regarding the impending verdict are all for naught.

Janet

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Jerry Sandusky trial: Doctor testifies Mike McQueary related 'sexual sounds' but would not go into detail
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« Reply #1713 on: June 20, 2012, 07:02:05 PM »

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/06/20/jerry-sandusky-trial-day-seven-sandusky-s-last-mile.html
Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Seven: Sandusky’s Last Mile
by Diane Dimond
June 20, 2012

In an abrupt end, the defense rested today without putting the former coach on the stand. Diane Dimond on the trial’s last evidence, which sought to cast doubt on the young accusers.

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I'm so disappointed that Jer didn't get on the stand.  There is no way he'd have made it through the questioning without saying something inappropriate and wrecking his defense.  And I'm not talking about a cross but his own atty's questions.  The guy is what he is and his letters and interviews are proof. 

I'll be very disappointed if the jury doesn't find him guilty.
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« Reply #1715 on: June 20, 2012, 10:48:32 PM »

I'm so disappointed that Jer didn't get on the stand.  There is no way he'd have made it through the questioning without saying something inappropriate and wrecking his defense.  And I'm not talking about a cross but his own atty's questions.  The guy is what he is and his letters and interviews are proof. 

I'll be very disappointed if the jury doesn't find him guilty.

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« Reply #1716 on: June 21, 2012, 07:20:19 AM »

I just saw this on the Today Show and will post the video once they have it up.  The Prosecution told the defense that if JS took the stand, that would open up the door for them, the Prosecution, to call a surprise witness......JS's adopted son, who would testify that he had seen some things!! 
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« Reply #1717 on: June 21, 2012, 07:31:09 AM »

I just saw this on the Today Show and will post the video once they have it up.  The Prosecution told the defense that if JS took the stand, that would open up the door for them, the Prosecution, to call a surprise witness......JS's adopted son, who would testify that he had seen some things!! 

Thanks tupelo!  I'm looking forward to seeing the video. 
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http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1206/20/ijvm.01.html
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Sandusky Doesn`t Testify; New Info in Trayvon Martin Case
Aired June 20, 2012 - 19:00   ET
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VELEZ-MITCHELL (voice-over): Tonight in another stunning twist, the Sandusky defense rests. Despite hints and predictions that Jerry Sandusky would take the stand, the accused molester leaves court without testifying. Will his silence pay off? We`ll preview tomorrow`s closing arguments in the trial of this legendary coach accused of sexually abusing ten boys.

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UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The jury will have to decide the case against Jerry Sandusky without hearing from him. His defense rested this morning without calling him to the stand.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He had a complete suit on. He had shiny shoes. I mean, it looked like somebody that was going to take the stand. If he takes the stand, he can say anything he wants to on the direct examination, but it is the cross-examination. He can open himself up to have any question whatsoever.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The only person who could have come forward and said, "This didn`t happen" in this particular case under these circumstances was Mr. Sandusky. And he chose not to do it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Do you think Jerry could be guilty?

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: No.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Each side does their best. You never really know where the jury will decide and what their final decision will be.

(END VIDEOTAPE)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: In just moments we will have for you these two new crucial 911 calls in the Trayvon Martin shooting. They are being processed into our system as we speak. And we`re turning them around at light speed for you. You`ll hear them as soon as we do tonight in this broadcast.

Meantime, the defense abruptly resting after a surprise twist rocks the very last day of testimony in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation trial. Sandusky walked into court seemingly ready to take the stand. But in a dramatic decision that appeared very last-minute, the former Penn State assistant football coach did not testify in his own defense.

Sandusky faces 51 counts of sexual abuse of ten boys over 15 years. If convicted, he faces more than 500 years behind bars. As recently as yesterday a major TV network reported Sandusky would take the stand in his own defense.

But after almost an hour hushed closed-door conversation in the courthouse today, the defense then says, "No, we`re not doing it." And the defense rests. Is staying silent in court the right call?

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The only person who could have come forward and said, "This didn`t happen, in this particular case under these circumstances," was Mr. Sandusky. And he chose not to do it.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Straight out to "In Session" correspondent, Jean Casarez, who has been all over this case from day one. What do you make of him not taking the stand? This flurry of behind-the-scenes chatter, leading up to that decision. Could there have been some kind of disagreement between Jerry Sandusky and his lawyers over how to proceed? Why this last-minute drama?

JEAN CASAREZ, CORRESPONDENT, TRUTV`S "IN SESSION": That`s exactly what I think, Jane. You know, I was in that courtroom this morning and I looked at Jerry Sandusky. And he was dressed to the hilt this morning. I mean, he just looked really, really professional. And he was walking. And he had confidence. I think Jerry Sandusky wanted to testify.

I mean, look at the interviews he did. Look at the speech he gave at the podium after a recent hearing in February. And I think his attorneys realized that he loves to talk, and that could absolutely do him in in this case. And I think it was at issue between them both. And I think in the end the attorney won.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes. But what`s interesting to me is this last- minute drama. All the components of this decision were in place long before this morning -- what was at stake, how he does run at the mouth in these interviews -- and yet it was down to the wire even after a major network reported that he would, in fact testify. Just yesterday they reported that.

So in the end the jury did not hear Jerry Sandusky. But of course they did hear some clips from his NBC interview after the arrest. Listen to what they heard.

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JERRY SANDUSKY, ON TRIAL FOR CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE (via phone): Well, I could say that, you know, I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them. And I have touched their leg without intent of sexual contact.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: That`s bad. But there were portions of these interviews that never aired and that prosecutors were not able to play in open court that might have been even worse. Like this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

SANDUSKY: I didn`t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I`ve helped. There are many that I didn`t have -- I hardly had any contact with who I have helped in many, many ways.

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VELEZ-MITCHELL: Lisa Bloom, legal analyst for Avo.com, author of "Swagger," if Jerry Sandusky had taken the stand, the theory is that would have opened the door, as they say in legalese, to allowing prosecutors to play some of these even more damaging interviews, where Sandusky almost seems to acknowledge, well, not every one. What you just heard there, some people think that would have been absolutely damning. Is that a factor in why they decided not to put him on the stand, do you think?

LISA BLOOM, LEGAL ANALYST: Whether he`s innocent or guilty, he would have been destroyed on cross-examination, because the prosecutors would have asked him a question, and no matter what he said, they would have then been able to play those videos -- videotapes with his words that look so damaging.

And he`s -- frankly, he would be a terrible witness based on the interviews that I`ve seen of him. I mean, this is a guy who goes on and on and on. When he`s asked if he`s attracted to children, he has a long pause, and he stares out into space. And then his lawyer jumps in and says, "Oh, he`s not really attracted to children." You know, he`s done some terrible interviews. And this is the person that he is.

And look, I`m not saying that he`s guilty, because some people are just terrible on the witness stand. As an attorney myself, it`s my job to keep them off the stand if it`s their case. But boy, he would have looked terrible if he took the stand.

And by the way, Jane, I don`t necessarily believe the story that he was dying to testify and it was his mean, nasty lawyers that kept him from it. There could have been a certain amount of P.R. in that.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, but when he did speak to the interviewers on television after his arrest, he seemed like he wanted to tell his story and that almost that he was in denial about what he was accused of doing being morally wrong, whether or not he did it. Did the defense ultimately decide he`s just a loose cannon, can`t put him on the stand?

Listen to this interview he did with the NewYorkTimes.com immediately -- almost immediately, soon after his arrest.

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SANDUSKY: If I say, no, I`m not attracted to boys, that`s not the truth, because I`m attracted to young people, boys, girls...

JOE AMENDOLA, ATTORNEY FOR SANDUSKY: Yes, but not sexually.

SANDUSKY: Right, right. I enjoy -- that`s what I was trying to say. I enjoy spending time with young people. I enjoy spending time with people.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Eric Schwartz, criminal defense attorney, some people thought that interview right there was so disturbing. And some said, well, it sounded like he felt that he did -- that there was nothing wrong you could do in interacting on a certain level with children. That he is very confused about what are the proper boundaries to have with children.

ERIC SCHWARTZ: Jane, the worst thing for a defense attorney is a client that goes rogue and gives those interviews. Those interviews that Jerry Sandusky gave, they`re atrocious. Doesn`t mean he`s guilty, but listening to him speak, we all cringe. We get a tick, listening to him speak.

It reminds me of the old joke: how do you tell when a defendant is lying? That`s when his lips are moving.

The problem for Jerry Sandusky in this case, I believe by all accounts he wanted to take the stand; he wanted to testify. But those prosecutors, based upon those interviews he gave, would have had him for lunch, because there is no good explanation. We don`t horse around with children; we don`t take showers with children. And those unaired portions of those videotapes, those would have been the death of him.

And I think of football is a game of inches. Reasonable doubt is a game of inches. And what the defense did do is poke holes in all the witnesses by indicating that there were some comments that "I`m going to own Jerry Sandusky`s house."

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And to jump in, I don`t think you could ever say it`s an open-and-shut case. Look at the Casey Anthony case. Perfect example. Everybody thought, "Oh, she`s going to be convicted," and she was acquitted.

Quickly, Debbie, New York, your question or thought, Debbie.

CALLER: Hi, Jane.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Hi. How are you doing? Your question or thought?

CALLER: Good, Jane. I think you`re terrific, by the way.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Thank you.

CALLER: I do agree with you, Lisa Bloom and the attorneys. But I do -- I thought he should have definitely taken the stand, and his attorneys would have done the damage control, because they would have put him on first. And then they would have eaten him up alive after, but at least he would have gotten his say.

And, I mean, he`s guilty. There`s no doubt about it. But I would put him on the stand for sure.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Well, I don`t want to convict him. He is on trial for a reason. Let his jury, the jury of his peers, judge him.

But I will say hypothetically that there are people accused of pedophilia who believe that they have done nothing wrong, that this is, in their mind, love. And that`s why they have sort of an innate desire to come out and defend it as a disease to those who are not pedophiles.
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« Reply #1719 on: June 21, 2012, 08:05:34 AM »

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Source: Adopted Sandusky son was ready to testify

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