Jerry Sandusky due in court for preliminary hearing today

    The preliminary hearing of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky begins later this morning. As Mary Wilson reports, those charged as part of an alleged cover up at the university could be watching the so-called “mini-trial.”What happens today could affect the preliminary hearings on Friday for two former Penn State administrators – so says Wesley Oliver, an associate professor at Widener Law School in Harrisburg. Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are facing charges of perjury and failure to report the child sexual abuse allegedly carried out by Sandusky. Oliver says the testimony by assistant football coach Mike McQueary will be key.What we’ve seen is that there are a variety of tales that McQueary has told about what he saw, what he did, and what he reported.  So if McQueary goes on the record now and has another inconsistent story about exactly how this thing went down, then that undermines the inconsistency the grand jury found between McQueary’s testimony and Curley and Schultz’s testimony. McQueary testified before a grand jury he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy on the Penn State campus and reported it to former head coach Joe Paterno, who he said referred him to Curley and Schultz.   Oliver says the defense will likely try to undermine the stories of witnesses with a lengthy cross examination, but without presenting any new information that the prosecution could check out in the event the case goes to a trial.

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