Jerry Sandusky's sexual assault trial defense team is planning on having the former Penn State assistant testify this week, despite the obvious risks. Sandusky will surely face a much more prepared and forceful line of questioning than the one he faced when attorney Joe Amendola gave Bob Costas a surprise interview opportunity, and even then Sandusky came across as, at best, a creepy mess.
And the interview that NBC aired wasn't even the worst of it. NBC says prosecutors have contacted them for a transcript of some of the unaired portions, including lines like, "I didn't go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I've helped."
But how can the prosecution raise this item if they've already rested their case, as they formally did Monday morning?
"If Sandusky takes the stand, it could open the door to introduce it," said SBNation.com's David Fucillo, who's much smarter than me at legal happenings. "Basically, if Sandusky takes the stand, the prosecution can cross-examine him based only on the issues raised in direct examination by the defense. Of course, given that he'd be defending himself on the charges, I'd imagine most everything will be open. It really depends on what is brought up in direct examination and Sandusky's testimony."