Prosecution rests, defense puts Sandusky's mental health front and center
POSTED: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 5:45pm
UPDATED: Monday, June 18, 2012 - 5:49pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — The sexual abuse trial of Jerry Sandusky could wrap up later this week.
The judge overseeing the case told jurors he expects closing arguments on Thursday.
They will be sequestered during deliberations.
The prosecution closed Monday with the mother of the young man known as Victim #9, who recalled the night her son begged her to pick him up at Sandusky's home.
"He's outside without his shoes on waiting for her. He clearly was afraid to be in that house. That was a very powerful moment for the prosecution," notes NBC legal analyst Wes Oliver.
Reflecting on the boy's suffering, she said, "I just can't imagine".
The defense opened with a minor victory.
Prosecutors dropped a misdemeanor child endangerment charge, but Sandusky still faces 51 more serious counts.
The first defense witness was another former Penn State Coach.
Richard Anderson testified he, like sandusky, had showered with young boys many times.
The defense argues that's simply part of the football culture.
Prosecutor Joe McGettigan asked Anderson whether he had ever hugged young boys in the shower or stayed with them in hotel rooms.
The coach said no.
Anderson also testified about grueling work days and frequent travel.
The defense argues the timing of the alleged offenses is so vague Sandusky can't offer an alibi, but the judge refused to dismiss the charges.
A reporter asked Sandusky whether he was going to testify as he left the court.
He didn't answer.