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Jerry Sandusky Trial: Judge Allows Defense To Argue Sandusky Has Histrionic Personality Disorder

The defense for Jerry Sandusky is trying its hardest to convince a jury that he is innocent. According to Laura Nichols, the judge in the case has allowed the defense to summon an expert opinion that Sandsuky has "histrionic personality disorder."

Histrionic personality disorder is a rare personality disorder that begins in adulthood. SB Nation's Ryan O'Hanlon previously mentioned the symptoms of the disorder.

The symptoms are often over-the-top behavior, extra-theatrical emotion, and other kinds of attention-seeking behavior.

Despite this, it isn't an easily diagnosed disorder, since many sexual predators exhibit some form or another of these symptoms. So it appears fairly likely that a defense like this could fall flat for Sandusky.

Continue following this storystream for more news on the entire Penn State scandal, including the Graham Spanier investigation and the Jerry Sandusky trial.

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