Jerry Sandusky Will Not Testify, Defense Rests In His Trial

BOB COSTAS: Are you sexually attracted to young boys, to underage boys?

JERRY SANDUSKY: Am I sexually attracted to underage boys?

BOB COSTAS: Yes.

JERRY SANDUSKY: Sexually attracted, you know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. But no, I'm not sexually attracted to young boys.

-- November 14, 2011 on "Rock Center" on NBC

As late as Tuesday evening, Jerry Sandusky had planned to testify at his trial on 51 counts of sex abuse against 10 different boys. He wanted the jury to hear his side of the story in his own words, but perhaps with memories of hearing Sandusky's clumsy, butchered interview transcribed above entered as evidence by the prosecution last week, Sandusky's defense team thought better of it.

And after the one day, Tuesday, in which the defense made any semblance of headway in trying to plant a reasonable doubt in one juror's head, Sandusky's attorney Joe Amendola decided to rest his case Wednesday morning.

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Sean Pendergast is a contributing freelance writer who covers Houston area sports daily in the News section, with periodic columns and features, as well. He also hosts afternoon drive on SportsRadio 610, as well as the post game show for the Houston Texans.
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