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Happening now opening arguments have -- -- in the trial of former Penn State coach Jerry and that's -- the lead prosecutor showing jurors.
Pictures said the alleged victims someday accusations extremely graphic in fact that graphic there where we're not going to.
I think in death he is charged with sexually abusing ten boys over the course -- fifteen years he -- consistently denied.
Those allegations joining us now former prosecutor Jason -- man defense attorney chip Merlin and I gentlemen this is really an interesting case to look at as far as the exercising -- And how it.
How the process -- -- and I'd like to start first with the jury -- get at the local jury and those that are sitting on the jury right now some of them include.
Eight Penn State ticket holder a graduate of Penn State -- theme here at Penn -- current senior retired Penn State professor.
And a current dance instructor there and Jason I'm just curious how does that that fact.
The case -- what would your take be -- if you were the -- -- care -- -- thing I really think the jury -- I think should -- and that is representative.
Of the community where this crime occurred and where it's being held you really have a nice diverse jury in terms of gender make up you have -- people who -- working -- people that -- retired a couple of students as you mentioned yet some people with children and grandchildren some -- -- and I really think as it should be the jury is representative of the community I think that they get a good job of getting a nice cross section of people and hopefully going to be fair and impartial.
And be able to hear all the evidence.
Did you did you -- out the defense and the prosecution do you get to approve of those that are sitting you know -- part of this panel but is this.
Our -- that the grounds for an appeal.
Before this case even begin.
-- that that's a great point the defense did make a motion to have this transparent and transferred away from state college.
The truth the matter this particular jury that there's a double edged sword for the prosecution.
The defense is gonna try to show that Gary -- -- he loved Penn State and the fact that eight of the twelve jurors -- two of the four alternates.
Have ties to Penn State it's not just Jerry -- -- But the possibility that these accusers are gonna bring civil actions against Penn State later.
For not overseeing the conduct he better -- conduct game Penn State vs all these accusers is how this might get -- -- based upon reflection on this jury.
A lot of these the details in this case have already been out there again they're just allegations at this time and -- he's innocent until proven guilty.
However what we are learning now are the names.
And have more information about the victims we will not share the names by the way on the news that just a matter policies at bed and independently even alleged victims of sexual abuse who have not sure the name.
-- with the judge's decision and can make it there is victims come out in public and I want to -- with the judge had to -- and in his ruling on it he said no support in Pennsylvania -- there's no support.
In Pennsylvania law for offering anonymity to an adult witness because the wind -- -- one of the class convict and have a particular form of crime.
While I will make every effort to be sensitive to the nature of the alleged victim's testimony once the trial begins.
That they all must be lifted Jason what do you think about -- I think it was the correct ruling -- and it's a very difficult -- no question about it but the judge -- -- -- some factors and I think he came down on the right -- the bottom line is -- public trials -- public proceedings our system of justice.
-- error in in public we have our grievances heard in public it really is what part of the very fabric of our society the other thing to remember is these these these are victims are no longer children and you have to look at the policy in -- -- we -- looking to protect here.
Missed to send us he does have the right to face his accusers and have -- identified in court.
You know chip said they maybe don't now for the prosecution as the reading them -- the opening arguments today is showing the pictures in that his children.
And giving the background story to the jury right away as a defense attorney.
How do you approach that the case like this where there are so many alleged victims.
And the jury is meeting them first -- young boy and then now at the -- Well the defense is gonna have to attack the credibility and sexual accusation cases the credibility.
The accuser is is the Paramount and everything that goes on in the case like this the problem for the defense is -- not just one.
-- -- there there are multiple accusers that are now adults.
And most of the time children have a very difficult time bringing these matters but it's much more common that they bring them up as adults.
That's what -- the prosecution's gonna try to indicates on at the quantity of the Evans while the defense and.
It's gonna have to try to attack every single one of these adults and they have a big burden.
To do so in this particular case.
Well the trial publicity about three weeks long and still have the prosecution but of -- first in the defense we'll have you look back to talk more about the strategy -- the thank you so much for your time today thank you.
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