Making the Case for Sandusky’s Innocence

BELLEFONTE — There were character witnesses, investigators and a psychologist on the stand today.

Jerry Sandusky’s attorneys called them to either try to explain his behavior or to raise doubt in jurors minds that he could have sexually abused anyone, let alone ten boys.

There was the woman who testified Jerry Sandusky helped pay for her to go to college.

Joey Porter, family friend of forty years who believes in Sandusky’s innocence.

“I’ve only known him as a wonderful man,” said Porter.

Then the attorney for alleged victim four, Ben Andreozzi, was asked if a guilty verdict in this trial will help any possible civil suit.

Andreozzi testified it could have an impact. He wouldn’t comment outside court.

“Sorry, I don’t want to say anything that might be construed as being inappropriate,” said Andreozzi.

The defense then switched gears and put an expert on the stand in an effort to explain letters from Sandusky to one of the alleged victims.

Dr. Elliot Atkins, a psychologist, told jurors Sandusky has histrionic personality disorder and that’s why he wrote the letters.

Atkins said symptoms of the disorder include seeking attention, relationships that seem more intimate than they are, and inappropriate sexually seductive behavior

On cross-examination, Dr. Atkins said someone can be extremely high functioning and still suffer from the disorder.

However, the prosecution had its own psychiatrist examine Jerry Sandusky over the weekend.

Dr. John O’Brien testified Sandusky does not have a personality disorder that causes him problems. O’Brien said Sandusky could not have coached football, started a charity, and raised a family if he had any such disorder.

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