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Jerry Sandusky Trial: Preliminary Hearing Wavied By Defense

The sexual abuse case involving former Penn St. Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky will head straight to trial, after Tuesday morning Sandusky waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The choice came as a surprise to some legal experts, but prevents the alleged victims from testifying twice.

Senior Deputy Attorney General E. Marc Costanzo said "This development we believe provides maximum protection to most importantly the victims in this case. It avoids their having to testify for a second time. They will of course testify at trial in the case."

Reports say that eleven of Sandusky's accusers were expected to testify at Tuesday's hearing, which would've determined whether there was sufficient evident to send the case before a jury. However, at the advice of his attorney, Joseph Amendola, Sandusky decided against hearing damaging testimony that would chip away at his credibility.

Arraignment for the Sandusky trail is scheduled for Jan. 11.

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