UPDATE: The jury began deliberating in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse trial about 1:15pm Thursday. Both the defense and prosecution gave closing arguments Thursday morning. They jury is now sequestered and is expected to work into the evening each day until they reach a verdict on 48 counts.
During closing arguments, Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, tried to paint the picture that the alleged victims worked together in hopes of making money off the case. He also tried to convince the jury that some of the investigators influenced the victims' statements. During the trial he played a tape of one of the victim interviews to support his theory.
The lead prosecutor brought in 4 of the alleged victims during his closing argument, asking the jury to give them justice. He showed photos of them as children and reminded the jury how difficult it must have been for them to keep such a secret for so many years.
At one point, the prosecutor, Joseph McGettigan, walked over and stood behind Sandusky saying, "This defendent molested these kids; used them. I know he did it. You know he did it. Give him the justice he really deserves. Find him guilty of everything."
The jury is sequestered and will deliberate into the night and through the weekend if necessary.
Fox43 will provide you with their decision on line, twitter, facebook and on the air as soon as it is known.
Judge John Cleland issued three decisions this morning on motions to dismiss some of the charges against Jerry Sandusky based on witness testimony ahead of closing arguments this morning. Two of the charges, Counts 16 and 19, regarding Victim #4, have been dismissed, because Victim #4 testified that Sandusky tried, but did not actually penetrate him anally. Judge Cleland caught the discrepency himself, and went over transcripts with defense and prosecution before issuing the memorandum dismissing the counts with prejudice. Another charge was dismissed, Count 18, because it was a duplicate charge of Count 17.
A defense motion to dismiss several counts based on a discrepency of specific dates when an alleged incident occurred was denied. The defense argued that the dates in the Bill of Particulars didn't jive with testimony of their witness, Richard Anderson. The incident in question is alleged to have occurred between November 20th and November 27th of 2000 before a home or away football game with Ohio State. Anderson testified the last football game of the 2000 season was November 18th against Michigan State.
Judge Cleland ruled an inconsistency was not indiputably established.