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UPDATE: Attorney: Sandusky hearing waiver was tactical

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- Jerry Sandusky's lawyer calls the decision to waive a preliminary hearing a "tactical measure" to head off a repeat of the child sex-abuse allegations his client faces.

Joseph Amendola says having the allegations repeated "really would have left us with the worst of all worlds."

The decision to waive the hearing moves Sandusky toward a trial on child sex-abuse charges. At least some of his 10 accusers had been expected to testify at Tuesday's hearing.

Sandusky told reporters as he left the courthouse that he would "stay the course, to fight for four quarters." He says the defense would present their side later.

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has waived his preliminary hearing, a decision that moves him toward a trial on charges of child sex abuse. At least some of his 10 accusers had been expected to testify at the hearing.

The move was announced as the hearing began Tuesday.

The decision, though unexpected, is not unusual in Pennsylvania.

At the hearings, prosecutors must show that they have probable cause to bring the case to trial. Prosecutors in this case were expected to meet that relatively low bar, in part because the case been through a grand jury

 

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