Sandusky Jury Selection Underway

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012 - 3:20pm

Panel may have to be pulled from surrounding counties in trial of Former Penn State coach.

Jury selection began Tuesday in the child sex abuse trial of former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky is facing dozens of criminal counts stemming from the alleged abuse of ten boys over a 15 year period.

He appeared subdued as he entered the courthouse.

"At one time the judge reminded the jury pool why they were there. He said 'I need you to all have an open mind. This defendant is charged with the sexual abuse of children' and at that point Jerry Sandusky looked down and did not make eye contact with anybody," recounted courtroom pool reporter Jeannie Flitner.

It was the beginning of what could be a drawn out process.

More than 200 people will be narrowed into groups of 40 and questioned by the judge.

"When he asked the jurors where they worked, 14 indicated they are employed by or retired from Penn State," said courtroom pool reporter Debora Erdly. "Then they were asked if anyone knew Jerry Sandusky personally and four people held up cards."

Sandusky faces 52 criminal charges for the alleged abuse of ten boys, some on the Penn State campus and some members of Second Mile, his charity for at-risk youth.

Despite intense media coverage, the judge has already ruled that jurors will be allowed to come and go from their own homes.

If the court can't find suitable jurors in Bellefonte more will have to be brought in from a neighboring county, delaying what's already expected to be a three-week trial.
 

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