Sandusky's Lawyer Confirms No Plea Deal

By | December 14, 2011

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Joe Amendola, lawyer, ex-Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky, confirmed Wednesday that no plea bargain would be pursued.

On Tuesday Amendola waived Sandusky’s right to preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual abuse and requested a trial by jury. He then spoke for over three hours with reporters.  He spent the time bringing the credibility of key witness, Mike McQueary and alleged victims, into question, defended his tactics in the case, and responded to some of the criticisms brought by attorneys representing Sandusky’s accusers.

Earlier on the “Today” show, Amendoal said “There’s never been any discussions about plea bargains on either side of this case, and I don’t anticipate there will be,”. He is hoping Sandusky’s trial will begin by the Summer or Fall.

To date, Sandusky has been charged with over 50 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15 year period. That number has the potential of going up.

Amendola stated that, due to the nature of the crime, a plea bargain would likely result in a life sentence. Not an overly appealing prospect fot the 67 year old Sanduskyn who still maintains his innocence.

After posting $250,000 bail last week, Sandusky remains under house arrest.

 

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