Lawyer: Son's abuse claim gutted Sandusky’s defense case
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) —
Documents show that Jerry Sandusky decided not to take the stand in his own defense after his adopted son came forward and told prosecutors the former Penn State assistant football coach had abused him.
Trial transcripts posted online Friday offer a glimpse into Sandusky's decision to remain silent during his child sex abuse trial.
Prosecutors agreed they would not call Matt Sandusky to the witness stand, but they still planned to ask Jerry Sandusky about his son's abuse claims if he decided to testify in his own defense.
Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, told the judge that Matt Sandusky's claims "basically took the heart out of our defense" because Jerry Sandusky had planned to take the stand.
Sandusky was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys. He faces sentencing next month.