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Jerry Sandusky Trial: Preliminary Hearing Waived, Arraignment Next

Former Penn St. Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has waived his right to a preliminary hearing. This happened on the morning of said preliminary hearing, sending the assembled media right back from whence they came. His case will now head to trial, with arraignment scheduled for Jan. 11.

Eleven of his accusers were expected to testify in the hearing, which would've determined whether there was sufficient evidence to send the case before a jury.

Waiving the hearing could mean, despite denials, that a plea is in the works, since there's little strategic reason for Sandusky's defense to turn away the chance to hear testimony from the accusers. 

Sandusky was accused of sexually abusing eight young boys, but that number seems to grow every few days.

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