Jury selected for Sandusky trial
Jerry Sandusky, right, and his attorney, Joe Amendola, arrive Wednesday at the Centre County Courthouse for the second day of jury selection.
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The entire jury panel -- 12 jurors and four alternates -- has been selected for the child sex abuse trial of former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
The selection process was completed by 3 p.m.
The day began with nine jurors having been selected Tuesday. Another three and an alternate were chosen this morning.
The jury includes seven women and five men. The alternates are three women and one man.
Out of the entire group, nine have direct ties with Penn State.
People chosen today include:
• a middle-aged woman with two daughters and four grandchildren, who has worked for 4-1/2 years as an administrative assistant at Penn State in the Department of Energy and Material Engineering.
• a woman in her mid-30s who teaches dance in the continuing education program at Penn State; she has a 6-year-old son
• a woman in her 50s or 60s who is a professor at Penn State who has two sons, aged 14 and 16
The alternate chosen this morning is a woman in her 30s who graduated from Penn State in 2007.
According to media pool reports, the final three alternates include a middle-aged woman with no children; an older man who is a big Penn State football fan and whose wife is the director of the Penn State program, Upward Bound; and an older woman who moved away from the area when she was 19 and recently returned.
Mr. Sandusky actively told one of his attorneys that he wanted the third alternate on his panel, and even constructed a plan to use remaining peremptory strikes to make that happen.
McKean County Senior Judge John M. Cleland dismissed all but 10 people in the prospective jury pool about 2:10 p.m.
As he did, he told them they were in good shape to quickly finish.
"I know some of you may have felt like you wasted your time in the last day and a half, and I understand why that might be," he said. "But let me absolutely assure you, you aren't wasting your time. If you weren't here, ready, willing and able to assume the responsibilities of citizenship, the system breaks down. This was an experiment for all of us -- really an experiment for all of us, an experiment in the rule of law."
Judge Cleland told the panel that the trial will start on Monday and should conclude by the last day of June.
Mr. Sandusky is charged with abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He has repeatedly denied the allegations. His attorney said the accusers colluded to make up the charges against his client to get a financial payout in a civil suit.
First Published June 6, 2012 11:41 am