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Lawyer; Son's abuse claims gutted Sandusky defense

Published On: Sep 22 2012 09:50:27 AM CDT
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Sandusky has been sentenced to life in prison.

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -

Documents show former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky decided not to take the witness stand in his own defense after his adopted son came forward and told prosecutors Sandusky had abused him.

Trial transcripts posted online Friday offer a glimpse into Sandusky's decision to remain silent during his child sex abuse trial.

Prosecutors agreed they would not call Matt Sandusky to the witness stand but still planned to ask Jerry Sandusky about his son's abuse claims if he decided to testify.

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer Joe Amendola told a judge Matt Sandusky's claims ``basically took the heart'' out of their defense because Jerry Sandusky had planned to take the stand.

Sandusky was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys, some on Penn State's campus. He faces sentencing next month. He maintains his innocence.