Nine jurors have been picked to sit for the trial of Jerry Sandusky for child sex abuse charges.
Five men and four women have been chosen so far for the jury box, as attorneys and the presiding judge cull through a group of about 220 Centre County residents. Senior Judge John Cleland told prospective jurors he won’t sequester the jury, but he will ask them not to consume any media about the case.
His remarks were recorded by Jim Parsons, one of the few reporters allowed into the courtroom for jury selection.
“I will trust you not to read newspapers, watch television, blog, tweet, update your facebook page or read other people’s pages,” said Cleland.
With nine jurors chosen, the judge and attorneys are more than halfway to a full 12-person jury, plus four alternates.
Starting today another 40 people will be considered, a process that includes questioning them about their ties to Penn State, potential witnesses in the case, and the Sandusky family.