4 days to opening arguments in Sandusky trial
BELLEFONTE, PA -- The attorneys arguing the child sexual abuse trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky have four days to figure out how to sway a jury heavy with connections to the school.
Seven women and five men will hear opening statements Monday in the sweeping case that rocked the university and led to the ouster of famed football coach Joe Paterno.
Four alternates also were chosen Wednesday after jury selection wrapped up in less than two days. Some legal experts questioned whether a jury could be selected at all given the school's deep roots.
But the judge has insisted that what matters more is a juror's pledge to be impartial. Among the 16 jurors total selected, 10 had some tie -- either directly or indirectly -- to Penn State.
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