As the defense heads into what is expected to be its last day of presenting testimony, jurors will get an answer to a question that has been floating around the trial since the first day of jury selection about two weeks ago: Will Jerry Sandusky take the stand in his defense?
Defense attorney Joe Amendola hinted in his opening statement that Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, might testify. Some media reports indicate that Sandusky will testify, even though it will probably open him up to a difficult cross-examination.
Amendola has not revealed his plans, but he has heightened the drama. When he arrived at court on Tuesday, he was asked whether his client would testify.
“Stay tuned,” the lawyer replied. “Come on, it's like a soap, you have to wait and see.”
“Is it 'Days of our Lives?'" a reporter asked.
“I think it's 'General Hospital,’" Amendola replied in an exchange caught on video.
Then, a moment later, after returning from parking his car, he quipped, “Actually it could be 'All My Children.’"
There is no legal necessity for Sandusky to testify. Indeed, there are constitutional protections if the defense decides he shouldn’t. The jury cannot infer anything, one way or the other, if he chooses to exercise his rights and not take the stand.