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

The Huffington Post    
First Posted: 12/13/11 10:26 AM ET Updated: 12/13/11 01:48 PM ET

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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  • News media gather at the Centre County Courthouse Tuesday Dec. 13, 2011 in Bellfonte, PA, for a preliminary hearing for Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys.

  • Sandusky, center, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, arrives for a preliminary hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., where he will face his accusers Dec. 13.

  • Sandusky, center, a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, with his wife Dottie, arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for a preliminary hearing.

  • Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and his wife Dottie Sandusky arrive for a preliminary hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.

  • McKean County Senior Judge John M. Cleland, left, arrives for a preliminary hearing for Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, at the Centre County Courthouse Tuesday.

  • BELLEFONTE, PA - DECEMBER 13: Joe Amendola, attorney for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, arrives at the Centre County Courthouse on December 13, 2011 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Sandusky is attending a preliminary hearing on charges he sexually abused 10 boys.

  • Jerry Sandusky, left, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, arrives with his wife, Dottie Sandusky, for a preliminary hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., where he will face his accusers Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011.

  • Jerry Sandusky, center, a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, leaves the Centre County Courthouse, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, in Bellefonte Pa. Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing, a decision that moves him toward a trial on charges of child sex abuse. At least some of his 10 accusers had been expected to testify at the hearing. The move was announced as the hearing began Tuesday.

  • Jerry Sandusky, center, a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, speaks as he departs from the Centre County Courthouse Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 in Bellefonte, Pa. Sandusky has waived his preliminary hearing, a decision that moves him toward a trial on charges of child sex abuse. At least some of his 10 accusers had been expected to testify at the hearing. The move was announced as the hearing began Tuesday.

  • Jerry Sandusky, center, a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, pauses as his attorney Joe Amendola makes a point as they depart the Centre County Courthouse after waiving a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 in Bellefonte, Pa. The decision moves him toward a trial on charges of child sex abuse. At least some of his 10 accusers had been expected to testify at the hearing.

  • Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, walks to his attorney's car as he leaves the Centre County Courthouse after waiving a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 in Bellefonte, Pa. The decision moves him toward a trial on charges of child sex abuse. At least some of his 10 accusers had been expected to testify at the hearing.

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