Sandusky strategy may pivot on accuser credibility

Legal experts say the case against Jerry Sandusky could boil down to a simple question: Will jurors find credible the testimony by the young men who claim the former Penn State assistant coach sexually abused them?

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, right, leaves the office of Centre County District Justice Daniel A. Hoffman under escort by Pennsylvania State Police and Attorney General's Office officials in Bellefonte, Pa., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2011. Sandusky was arrested and jailed Wednesday on new child sex abuse charges brought by two new accusers, including one who claims Sandusky molested him numerous times in a basement bedroom, according to authorities. (AP Photo/The Patriot-News, Andy Colwell)

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- Legal experts say the case against Jerry Sandusky could boil down to a simple question: Will jurors find credible the testimony by the young men who claim the former Penn State assistant coach sexually abused them?

The Sandusky trial is set to get under way on Tuesday morning, with jury selection in a central Pennsylvania courtroom.

The credibility of prosecution witnesses is always important, but it could be pivotal in this case, where the allegations date back years and there may be little or no forensic evidence.

Legal analysts say the fact there are multiple accusers might be a big advantage for the prosecutors.

The 68-year-old Sandusky faces charges he sexually abused 10 boys over 15 years, allegations he's repeatedly denied.


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