Jerry Sandusky trial: Jury resumes work unaware of new allegation
(CBS News) BELLEFONTE, Pa. - The jury in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial enters the second day of deliberations Friday.
But the sequestered panel does not know about an explosive new allegation by one of Sandusky's sons. According to a statement by his lawyers, Matt Sandusky, 33, said he was a victim of abuse by his adopted father and was prepared to testify for the prosecution at the trial.
The statement from lawyers Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici came after the jurors began deliberations Thursday.
The former Penn State coach faces 48 charges of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period.
Before ending their first day of deliberations, the jurors asked the judge if they could rehear testimony from Mike McQueary and Dr. Jonathan Dranov. McQueary is the former graduate assistant who testified seeing Sandusky assault a boy in the shower. Dranov's testified that McQueary gave him a different account of the alleged assault.(Watch Jack Ford's legal analysis below.)
In closing arguments, defense attorney Joe Amendola argued Sandusky himself was the victim, painted as a monster by accusers, targeted by alleged victims motivated by money, and a commonwealth desperate to take down a famous football coach.
"The system decided Mr. Sandusky was guilty," Amendola said, "and the system set out to convict him.
Over 72 emotional minutes Amendola took what he saw as cracks in the case - inconsistencies, lack of physical evidence, no allegations of abuse before 1998 - and built a mosaic of doubt.
"Folks it doesn't add up ... it makes no sense," he said. "All of a sudden, out of the blue, in his mid-fifties, Jerry Sandusky decides to become a pedophile? Does that make any sense to anybody?"
In his closing, lead prosecutor Joseph McGettigan dismissed Amendola's construction as nothing more than conspiracy theory. He then methodically reviewed the testimony of eight alleged victims, detailing what he called a "litany of depravity ... a full spectrum of predatory, pedophile behavior."
Amendola ended his closing with a poem by Mother Teresa. One, he said, Sandusky asked him to read. It included the line: "What you spend your life building someone could destroy overnight. But you keep building."
In his closing, McGettigan walked directly toward Sandusky pointing as he said, "I feel like I have 10 pieces of 10 souls in my body -- childhoods ravaged, memories destroyed, incinerated by this pedophile..."
Watch Armen Keteyian's full report in the video above.
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