Connections to Penn State weren't enough to keep prospective jurors from being chosen to decide Jerry Sandusky's fate on child sexual abuse charges.
The start of jury selection Tuesday showed the strength of Sandusky's and Penn State's links to their community -- but the presiding judge indicated that those connections weren't necessarily enough to keep them from being one of the 12 jurors or four alternates.
Nine jurors were selected Tuesday – including a longtime Penn State football season ticketholder. Cleland told the more than 220 potential jurors he would not sequester them, meaning they can spend nights at home during the trial that is expected to last several weeks.
The 68-year-old Sandusky faces 52 criminal counts and potential penalties that could result in an effective life prison sentence for alleged abuse involving 10 boys. He has denied the allegations. Testimony is tentatively set to begin on Monday.
Sue Paterno and Son Jay May Testify in Jerry Sandusky Case
Prospective jurors in Jerry Sandusky's case were told on the first day of jury selection Tuesday that the wife and son of the late football coach Joe Paterno were among the potential defense witnesses in the child sex-abuse trial.
The names of Sue and Jay Paterno and members of Sandusky's family were on a list shown to the prospective jurors, along with assistant coach Mike McQueary and his father, John McQueary. Mike McQueary has said that he saw Sandusky naked in a team shower with a young boy more than a decade ago – and reported it to Joe Paterno.
Mike McQueary is also on the prosecution's list, along with young men who have accused Sandusky of abusing them. Former Penn State President Graham Spanier; former Second Mile CEO Jack Raykovitz and interim CEO Dave Woodle are also potential witnesses.
PSU: No Early Peek at Scandal Report for Trustees
Former FBI chief Louis Freeh's report on his investigation into the child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State will be made public at the same time it is given to trustees and university officials.
The university made the statement online Monday on its updated "progress" website on a "frequently asked questions" page. Freeh's investigation was commissioned by trustees.
In the past, a handful of board members had said that trustees might get an early look at the report. The independence of Freeh and his investigators have been called into question by some vocal alumni critical of the board's ouster of Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno in the aftermath of retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky's arrest in November on dozens of counts of abuse.
School officials say they hope the outcome of the Sandusky trial and the upcoming Freeh report would start to bring closure to the university community.
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