Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse trial shifted gears Monday, with the prosecution resting its case and ceding the floor to the former Penn State assistant football coach's defense team.
Even if this is true.....would it excuse his behavior?
I could care less whether this is a real disorder or whether he has it. IMO, it's not an excuse for pedophilia.
Prosecution Rests in Sandusky Trial
The defense is expected to argue that the former assistant coach has "histrionic personality disorder."| Posted Monday, June 18, 2012, at 12:27 PM ET
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The presiding judge, John Cleland, quickly dismissed a series of motions from Sandusky's lawyers arguing that, among other things, the lack of specific dates for many of the alleged incidents made them impossible to disprove, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
In doing so, Cleland expressed his initial concern over the matter but said that the prosecution had since addressed that. "I've been concerned about this from the beginning," he said. "There were very, very broad representations by the commonwealth as to when these offenses took place. Since then, however, there has been some amended information that I believe now meets the standards."
The judge did make one surprising call in the defense's favor, as CBS News notes: Sandusky's team will be able to call a psychologist to the stand to testify on histrionic personality disorder.
The disorder looks to be a key part of Sandusky's defense, which will
apparently argue that his motives were not sexual in nature but rather
related to his need to draw attention to himself.
The Inquirer reports that Sandusky might take the stand on Monday, prompting a more crowded than usual courthouse and an influx of reporters on the scene.