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Jerry Sandusky Hearing: Waived Hearing Creates Anticlimactic Media Frenzy

BELLEFONTE, PA - DECEMBER 13:  Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky (2nd L) leaves the Centre County Courthouse, on December 13, 2011 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Sandusky, who was charged with sexual abuse involving 10 boys he met through the Second Mile nonprofit organization, appeared briefly at today's preliminary hearing.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Kyle VassaloFeatured ColumnistDecember 13, 2011

Jerry Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing just moments after stepping into the courtroom, according to the Los Angeles Times. The arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 11, according to a press conference by Senior Deputy Attorney General E Marc Costanzo.

The media frenzy that gathered outside, expecting events like cross examination of witnesses and a day jam-packed with storylines, have been left hanging in anticlimactic fashion.

Why Sandusky chose to waive his preliminary hearing is unknown. Why he chose not to waive his right to a preliminary hearing weeks earlier is unknown.

According to the Los Angeles Times article, Wes Oliver, a law professor in Harrisburg, Pa., said "there is no strategic advantage" to passing up the opportunity to take part in the preliminary hearing.

This is the second non-event that has left the media sorely disappointed. Joe Paterno was scheduled to have a press conference on the Tuesday following the scandal, just as he did every Tuesday. The university cancelled the scheduled press conference and left eager reporters with nothing to cover.

This shocking case has captured the attention of the world and media outlets came from near and far for the chance to cover the event. It's hard to imagine what the witnesses experienced today, as they were prepared to take the stand and testify and were subsequently told that the hearing would not be ago.

Eleven people were prepared to testify only for Sandusky to pass on the opportunity to face his accusers in the court room. Sandusky will return to being monitored electronically, and for a moment the media firestorm will be put on hold.

 

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