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Patch's Poll: Can Jerry Sandusky Get a Fair Trial?

Media outlets across the country flooded central Pennsylvania this week to cover the high profiled sexual assault case involving the former Penn State coach.

Trial proceedings for former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky were officially under way this week in the high profile sexual assault case, involving young boys, that shook the college world last fall.

The Associated Press reported that three of the 16 jurors and alternates needed for the trial were selected Tuesday morning and jury selection is expected to continue into the coming weeks.

Sandusky faces 52 criminal counts and potential penalties stemming from sexual abuse against 10 boys, officials said. If convicted, he faces life in prison, the AP reported.

But, as the AP story noted, one of the jurors is a woman who has been a football season-ticketholder since the 1970s and her husband works for a medical group where the father of a key witness works.

Jean Casarez, a CBS reporter, recounted how she spoke with several people during the jury selection coverage who know Sandusky personally in State College, Pa., where Penn State is located. Members of the community, Casarez said, expressed disbelief at the allegations.

"I think it may be difficult," Caserez said in response to a question about whether there could be an impartial jury. "But this is where Jerry Sandusky wants the trial, and he might be smart about it."

Given the fact that Sandusky, and Penn State, has so many supporters in this area of Pennsylvania, and the intensive media coverage in the case, can Sandusky get a fair trial from an impartial jury? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Debbie June 06, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Save time and money, send him directly to an out of state prison, away from his family, friends, adoring football and college fans, and where football games are not available.
wtfdrez June 07, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Robert, thank you for putting that website out there!! As far as Sandusky goes.... he will get a fair trial and he will be sent to jail where his new daddy will be waiting for him: )
John Lynch June 07, 2012 at 12:18 PM
Are you kidding. Did you see the make-up of the jury. Over half of the jury is either students or they went to Penn State. If he gets off people should march in the streets.
ted Aub June 07, 2012 at 01:26 PM
We should be concerned about the children affected here not the accused . Will they ever have a normal life ? Sometimes justice is served on an empty plate but those children are far more important .
David Irons June 07, 2012 at 01:29 PM
With ten of the 12 jurors and four alternates said they have direct ties to Penn State, the better question might be "Can the victims get a fair trial?"

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