Sandusky's Controversial Trial Case Enters Its Second Week

By Daniela Salvador

Jerry Sandusky

June 18, 2012 Updated Jun 18, 2012 at 12:33 PM EST

Bellefonte, PA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - The trial against Jerry Sandusky entered its second week Monday.

Monday morning started with prosecutors calling their final witness and dropping one of the 52 charges against Sandusky.

The judge also rejected a routine motion by Sandusky’s lawyers to dismiss the case.

As the state prepares to rest its case, it will be the defense's turn to convince the jury the former coach is not a child predator.

Eight accusers have described in detail what they say Sandusky did to them when they were boys.

They testified the former Penn State coach coerced, fondled and even raped some of them in school showers, his home or hotel rooms.

Prosecutors presented what they said were love letters and called eyewitnesses. One eyewitness was Assistant Coach Mike McQueary who said he saw Sandusky engaged in a sexual act with a child.

Now as the prosecution prepares to rest, it's the defense's turn.

Its strategy includes questioning the accusers' credibility and motivations for coming forward after all these years have passed.

Roger Canaff former prosecutor said, “Maybe it's because of money, maybe it's because they are troubled youth, but they are lying.”

Canaff said the defense is going to suggest that they conspired against Sandusky.

Sandusky also went through psychological testing over the weekend.

His attorneys are likely to use the results to not portray him as a pedophile, but as a man suffering from histrionic personality disorder. This would imply that the disorder lead him to act dramatically for attention.

"I think it's a very clever move on the defense's part,” Canaff said. “They have to explain away the letters. They have to explain away some touching that obviously took place."

However, this does not take away the days of harmful testimony from the alleged victims.

Dr. Liza Gold from the Georgetown University Medical Center said, "There's simply no association between that disorder and writing intimate or sexually suggestive letters to a minor."

The defense also implied that it may call character witnesses including Sandusky’s wife and himself to the stand.




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