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SF news: Jerry Sandusky waives right to hearing (photos, video)

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SF news: Jerry Sandusky waives right to hearing (photos, video)

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Yesterday's top news here in San Francisco had been about the Virginia Tech gunman and what his best friend said about him. (See that article here: Friend: Va. Tech gunman had been to gun range (photos, video))

Now, today, Jerry Sandusky is in the top news. Sandusky went to court yesterday in what was expected to be a lengthy hearing for the pretrial. That pretrial was to involve testimony from many of Sandusky's accusers.

Surprisingly, however, Sandusky waived his right to the hearing instead, thus allowing the Sandusky sexual abuse case to move straight to a trial.

"The whole thing is disgusting," says San Francisco resident, Donal Witham. "Those kids at Penn State should never have had to deal with this."

As he exited the court, Sandusky told press, according to newser.com, that he was waiting for the chance to "present our side." Sandusky's lawyer stated, "And we couldn't do that today."

Deputy Attorney General Mark Costanzo said that the prosecutors had 11 witnesses all ready to testify.

Costanzo said that Sandusky's decision was "surprising" and added that the decision would "help the prosecution in a lot of ways."

Newser notes that pretrial hearings are often good for the defense since they can offer a preview of the prosecution's case.

Costanzo also added that, in terms of the case, there had been no talks with Sandusky about a plea deal. According to the Associated Press, the decision made by Sandusky's is one that is often made in the state of Pennsylvania: At hearings like this, the prosecutors have to show that they have probable cause in order to bring the case to trial.

It was expected that the prosecutors in the Sandusky sex abuse case would be able to meet that requirement, since the Sandusky case had already been through a grand jury.

Sandusky was the assistant coach at Penn State university. Joe Paterno, the coach, was fired when the incident broke because he did not speak out. Riots broke out when that happened. (See that article here: Football Coach, Joe Paterno retires, riots break out (photos))

See a slideshow of Joe Pa photos here

"Joe Pa" went on to state that he wished he had done more (See that article here: Football Coach, Joe Paterno retires, riots break out (photos))

San Francisco residents have recently found out that Joe Paterno has lung cancer, although it is treatable. See that article here: SF hears: Joe Paterno has lung cancer

Sandusky admited to "horsing around" with the young boys but never to sexually abusing them, he said. (One of those victims says he felt he could not say 'no". See that article here: Penn State: victim felt he couldn't say no)

A vigil was held at Penn State for the victims of the Sandusky sex abuse scandal. (See that article here: Penn State vigil honors victims (photos)

See video for more on this story on the left-hand side.

See these articles by this Examiner on the Sandusky case:

SF news: 6 Sandusky accusers will testify next week (photos)

Penn State: victim felt he couldn't say no

Penn State Paterno retired, wishes he had done more

Football Coach, Joe Paterno retires, riots break out (photos)

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