Jerry Sandusky Lawyers Lean Toward Putting Him on Stand


Jerry Sandusky Wife Comes to His Defense

Mrs. Sandusky did remember moments when she said the boys initiated affectionate contact with her husband.

"There was one time we were watching TV, and Jerry was in a La-Z-Boy, and (Victim 1) was on one couch. I was on another. And all of a sudden at a break he jumps up and runs and jumps in the chair with Jerry," she said.

She recalled being invited along with her husband by Victim 1's grandfather or mother to watch a wrestling match, and when they arrived, Victim 1 jumped up from a wrestling mat and ran "clear across the room and jumped up and hugged Jerry," she said.

She described Victim 1 as "very clingy to Jerry."

She said the other boys that she remembered coming to house who are now accusers were very nice.

Dottie Sandusky said that kids slept over the couple's house on one or two weekends a month during football season, and were given their choice of sleeping downstairs in the basement bedroom, in a ground floor bedroom, or in the second floor bedrooms if the couple's children were not home.

Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan, taking a softer tone with Dottie Sandusky than he had with earlier witnesses, asked if she believed that the accusers and Mike McQueary had any reason that she could think of to lie about these accusations.

"Would lie?" she asked. "I don't know what it would be for."

Earlier, Sandusky's defense concentrated on undermining the credibility of his accusers, suggesting they were partly motivated by the chance for a lucrative lawsuit.

The mother of Victim 1 was called to the stand and asked by Amendola whether she had ever expressed hope that by the end of the Sandusky case she would have "a big house in the country with a white fence where the dogs could run."

She said she had never said such a thing.

Amendola then called the woman's former next door neighbor who testified that she had said those exact words.

"Yeah she had said about when this all settles out she'll have a nice big house in the country with a fence and the dogs can run free," the man said, adding that Victim 1 had similar sentiments. "One statement he made was, 'When this is over I'll have a nice new Jeep.'"

Amendola also asked the woman about hiring a civil attorney, Michael Bonni, to represent her. The woman said that she had not paid Bonni, a Philadelphia-based civil attorney, but that she had signed some sort of payment agreement and did not know what it said.

She told Amendola she hired Bonni to protect her from the media, which had learned of Victim 1's name and address and were trying to find out more information about the case through him.

Amendola's defense team built up another part of their strategy during afternoon testimony as they called psychologist Elliot Atkins, who diagnosed Sandusky with histrionic personality disorder after reviewing his case and interviewing him. Reading from psychology text book material, Atkins explained that people who have HPD act out to get attention, act seductively, crave intimacy and affection, and can make people uncomfortable by "hugging with ardor."

He was called to testify about how Sandusky's condition may have influenced the letters that were presented as "creepy love letters" written to Victim 4 during the prosecution's testimony.

"The letters made me feel more confident about my diagnosis," Atkins said. "The book that I read that Mr. Sandusky coauthored absolutely confirmed in my mind this diagnosis was one thing, but when I read letters they made it much clearer that this was the diagnosis."

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