Documents regarding Sandusky’s potential testimony released

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For the first time since his arrest, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky could take the stand.

On Monday, the Centre County court released documents for the  summary of proposed testimony for Sandusky.

In the documents, Sandusky’s attorney say he is ready to testify. Much of the document puts Sandusky’s conviction as the result of his original attorney Joe Amendola not working in the best interest of his client, Jerry Sandusky.

This is for Sandusky’s upcoming PCRA hearing, which begins Friday. The hearing will determine if he’ll be granted a new trial.

Sandusky is currently serving a 30 to 60 year sentence for 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

The document starts with Sandusky saying he felt Amendola did not prepare him for his interview with Bob Costas. He says that Amendola did not pose any possible questions to him and told him just to say he was innocent.  He also says he wasn’t suppose to be interview but it was only shortly before Amendola was to be interviewed that it was switched to Sandusky. He also did not know what he told Costas could be used against him in court.

Another item Sandusky will testify to is that he was not aware of a meetings between judges, Amendola and prosecutors that ended with his preliminary hearing to be waived, or that it was agreed that certain people would not testify.

Sandusky does admit to showering with one victim, but says he did not abuse the child.  He says after Tim Curley asked him to stop bringing children into the locker room, he did.

The paperwork goes on to mention specifics in cases where Sandusky says if he had been allowed to testify or if Amendola had properly cross examined witnesses- their testimony would have been questioned due to inaccuracies.

Last week, Judge John Cleland ruled Sandusky may testify, if  prosecutors approve it.

Hearing dates are set for August 12th, 22nd and 23rd at the Centre County Courthouse.

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