The attorneys arguing the child sexual abuse trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky have three days to figure out how to sway a jury heavy with connections to the school.
Seven women and five men will hear opening statements Monday in the sweeping case that rocked the university and led to the ouster of famed football coach Joe Paterno. Four alternates also were chosen Wednesday after jury selection wrapped up in less than two days. Some legal experts questioned whether a jury could be selected at all given the school's deep roots.
But the judge has insisted that what matters more is a juror's pledge to be impartial. Among the 16 jurors total selected, 10 had some tie – either directly or indirectly – to Penn State.
Accusers to Be Unmasked at Penn State Trial
The young men who accuse former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of molesting them have been allowed to remain anonymous through months of heavy media coverage.
That's about to change. When they take the witness stand as early as next week, the alleged victims will be forced to state their names for the record. Attorneys for the accusers as well as victims' advocates argue the loss of anonymity could traumatize them all over again, given the possibility their identities will become common knowledge.
But most traditional media organizations have longstanding policies against naming alleged victims of sexual assault. But in the age of social media and citizen journalists, old media standards may no longer make much difference
Paterno Widow, Son Unaware They Could be Called
A family spokesman says Joe Paterno's widow and son were not told that they're on the list of possible witnesses for Jerry Sandusky's upcoming child sex abuse trial.
The statement Thursday says Sue and Jay Paterno do not plan to comment during the trial out of respect for the legal process.
Family spokesman Wick Sollers' statement says the family will not say anything during litigation "unless something exceptional and unexpected develops." The scandal engulfed the university following the former assistant's arrest and led to Paterno's ouster as football coach. He died of lung cancer in January.
Sollers says the late coach told his family to "pursue the truth, while forcefully defending the honor and integrity of Penn State" and all those associated with the university
Penn State Making Workers Report Abuse Allegations
Penn State has instituted a new policy requiring all employees to report suspected child abuse to state authorities.
The policy announced Thursday also requires annual training for any staffer in a position to report abuse. A school spokeswoman says the policy goes beyond current Pennsylvania law, which requires only certain people to make such reports.
The university says the policy is part of its effort to become a leader in the protection of children. The announcement comes days before opening statements in the child sexual abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. He's accused of molesting 10 boys but denies the allegations.
In April, Penn State announced a similar training program for employees who work with minors on campus in recognizing and reporting abuse.
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