PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Jury selection is set to begin Tuesday morning in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial. The State Supreme Court denied his appeal for a delay on Monday.
Prominent Pittsburgh defense attorney Bill Difenderfer is not involved in the case, but he thinks there could still be some sort of last minute plea deal in the case.
If there isn’t a deal, eight accusers could take the stand. A judge ruled they must use their real names.
“I think the defense has a tough road. I really do,” said Difenderfer.
He believes Sandusky’s attorney made a huge error by waiving a preliminary hearing. He says he would have had a chance to evaluate witnesses and cross examine them.
Difenderfer also says he was “horrified” that Sandusky’s lawyer allowed him to do a television interview.
The memory of a key witness, former assistant coach Mike McQueary, could be challenged. He first testified that he saw Sandusky sexually assault a boy in March of 2002. Now prosecutors say it was a year earlier.
“It’s going to be interesting to see how it’s explained,” said Difenderfer, but he also feels that it may be explained easily and won’t turn out to be the big deal some expect.
Difenderfer believes there may be so much witness testimony that Sandusky himself may have to take the stand.
The judge also ruled Monday that reporters inside the courtroom cannot tweet or send emails.