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Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky waives hearing

By MARK SCOLFORO and MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press

BELLEFONTE, PA (AP) — A prosecutor says he is surprised that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing on child sex-abuse charges.

Deputy Attorney General Marc Costanzo says the amount of publicity generated by Sandusky’s attorney made the decision unexpected. He says, however, that the decision was not unusual given the strength of the state’s case.

Sandusky’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 11.

Michael Boni, a lawyer for one accuser, says he is encouraged by the development.

The accusers “do not have to relive the horrors they experience up on the witness stand” by having to testify at the hearing and at trial.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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