Sandusky Waives Preliminary Hearing
With the whole world, or so it seems, poised for Jerry Sandusky’s preliminary hearing to start in the Centre County courthouse in Bellefonte this morning, Sandusky ’66, ’71g waived his right to that hearing.
His case would now go to trial, though the abrupt cancellation of the hearing will probably fuel immediate speculation that a plea bargain may be in the works.
The announcement was reported instantly via the dozens of news media tweeting from the courtroom. You can read some of the tweets in the screen-grab at left (click on it to see it bigger), or check them out yourself on Twitter—just search on “Sandusky” or the hashtag #PSUCharges.
It’s not that uncommon for a defendant to waive his or her right to a preliminary hearing. It just doesn’t usually happen a minute before the hearing, inside a courtroom packed with national media and the general public. And Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola ’70, had insisted that he would not waive the hearing.
This whole thing just gets curiouser and curiouser.
Tina Hay, editor