POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 12:04pm
NATIONAL NEWS (CNN) — 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.