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Video: Joe Amendola Explains How Matt Sandusky's Allegations Prevented Jerry Sandusky From Testifying

Below, you’ll find video of the press conference of Jerry Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola. Significantly, Amendola explains why he didn’t call Sandusky to the stand, despite initially saying he would. Amendola says he was told that Sandusky’s adopted son Matt Sandusky had made a statement to prosecutors saying that he had been abused.

The prosecution then told Amendola that it would not call Matt Sandusky as a witness in its main case against Jerry Sandusky. However, it made clear that it might call Matt Sandusky as a rebuttal witness. Amendola felt that if Jerry Sandusky testified, the result would be that the defense would be able to call Matt Sandusky to the stand. Amendola says Jerry maintained that he did not do anything inappropriate to Matt, but the defense still felt that his testimony would be very damaging. Jerry Sandusky still wanted to defend himself on the stand, Amendola says, but ultimately, he did not do so.

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