Sandusky Attorney Speaks

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Monday, December 12, 2011 - 8:50am

Lawyer denies claims behind latest charges.

As he spent his first full day inside his State College, Pennsylvania home on a judge's orders, Jerry Sandusky and his legal team are hearing about more allegations of abuse.

Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, spent more than an hour with his client Friday, preparing for the first hearing in the case on Tuesday.

"He's not looking forward to this, this is going to be a one sided proceeding," Amendola said. "This is going to be a proceeding where the Commonwealth is going to call all of these witnesses to say all of these horrible things happened."

The family is also dealing now with accusations that Sandusky's wife Dottie heard an attack in the basement and screams for help, but did nothing.

"If some child was screaming in her home, she would have heard it and would have responded," Amendola said.

To this point grand jury reports have identified ten accusers in the case.

Pennsylvania attorney Chuck Schmidt says he's talked to at least one more.

During an interview on MSNBC Friday Schmidt said his client, 19 now, was given alcohol by Sandusky and then abused on the Penn State Campus seven years ago.

"He was given a glass of whiskey which he was asked to consume and thereafter Mr. Sandusky performed a sexual act on him," Schmidt said.

Amendola wasn't asked about the new allegations, but did say it would not surprise him if the list of accusers grows, indicating he thinks many may be driven by not abuse but the idea of a pay out from potential civil suits in the case.

"I can think of 9 million reasons in regard to the Second Mile, and obviously Penn State has unlimited resources. Why do people lie?" Amendola said.

Amendola says he plans to meet with Sandusky through the weekend as they prepare for Tuesday's hearing, the first time since the allegations were made public that the former coach will see his accusers face-to-face.
 

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