The Jerry Sandusky trial started Tuesday with jury selection
Tuesday morning, the jury selection started in the case against former Penn State football coach, Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was arrested months ago for the abuse of 10 boys in a span of 15 years. Sources from CBSnew.com say, more than 600 summonses were reportedly sent out to residents in Centre County, the home of Penn State University.
Sandusky, who is 68, faces up to 52 criminal counts and possible other penalties could result to a life sentence. The former coach is being tried for the abuse of 10 boys, some he met through the charity, the Second Mile, he founded for at-risk youth in 1977. The attacks happened in his home or inside the schools athletic facilities.
The victims and Mike McQueary, who is a key witness, allegedly saw Sandusky with a naked 10-year old boy in the shower at the university. McQueary, who was a graduate student at the time, reported what he saw to Joe Paterno, who then went to the universities President Graham Spanier. Paterno and Spanier were later dismissed by the university board of trustees for not taking forceful action to deal with the reported abuse. Paterno died this year of lung cancer.
According to LAtimes.com, jurors will be questioned in groups of 40, then will face the usual one-on-one voir dire, or inquiries. Jurors are certain to be asked about their opinion of Penn State, which has become inextricably linked to the scandal.
Tuesday morning three of the 16 jurors were selected for the trial. A mid-aged woman who has been a Penn State season ticket holder since the 1970’s and that her husband works for the medical group where Mike McQueary previously worked. A mother of two who works in retail and a 24 year old man, who plans to attend auto technician school.
Judge John Cleland is in charge of the trial and spoke with about 220 prospective jurors Tuesday morning. By weeks end he will select 12 jurors and four alternates, with the trials opening arguments scheduled to begin June 11.