12/13/2011 10:26 am ET | Updated Dec 13, 2011

Jerry Sandusky Waives Hearing: Former Penn State Coach Speaks Outside Court (VIDEO)

Shortly after Jerry Sandusky and his legal counsel opted to waive the preliminary hearing in his child sex abuse case on Tuesday morning, the former Penn State football coach spoke briefly outside the court house in Bellefonte, Pa.

"What we intend is to put together the best possible defense that we could do, to stay the course, to fight for four quarters, and await the opportunity to present our side."

Sandusky faces more than 50 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 12-year period. His lawyer, Joseph Amendola, referred to the decision to waive the preliminary hearing as a "tactical measure," as the defense had little to gain from hearing the alleged victims recite the same claims already appearing in the grand jury reports.

This move came as a surprise after Amendola had previously discussed his client's eagerness to begin the legal process. On Monday, Amendola went as far as to say that Sandusky was even "looking forward to the opportunity to face his accusers."



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