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Sandusky Juror Speaks Out: Ex-Coach's Reaction During Verdict Was 'Confirmation' Jury Made Right Call

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In this booking photo released early Saturday morning June 23, 2012 by the Centre County Correctional Facility in Bellefonte, Pa., former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is shown. Sandusky was convicted on Friday, June 22, 2012, of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years Friday, accusations that had sent shock waves through the college campus known as Happy Valley and led to the firing of Penn State's beloved Hall of Fame coach, Joe Paterno. (AP Photo/Centre County Correctional Facility)

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A juror said Jerry Sandusky showed no emotion as the guilty verdict was read, confirming for him and his fellow jurors that they had made the right call in convicting the former Penn State assistant football coach on 45 out of 48 counts of child sexual abuse.

"That was just confirmation," Harper told NBC's "Today" on Saturday. "I looked at him during the reading of the verdict and just the look on his face, no real emotion. Just kind of accepting, you know, because, it was true."

Harper said the jury worked through the charges systematically, combing over any inconsistencies in witness testimony and reconciling them. Ultimately, Harper said, there was a corroborating story among all of the victims and jurors "were on the same page."

Harper said he and his fellow jurors did not learn that Sandusky's adopted son had come forward accusing his father of abusing him as well until after they made their decision.

"We heard about it the same time, we had suspected that but we had no evidence of it," Harper said. "It just solidified our decision."

Watch below, via NBC:

UPDATE:

Sandusky's lawyers said Saturday that they tried to quit at the start of jury selection because they weren't given enough time to prepare, raising an argument on the trial's speed that could become the thrust of an appeal.

His lawyers disclosed that they felt too unprepared to adequately defend him because of how quickly the case was brought to trial, and experts have said the seven months between Sandusky's November arrest and trial was fast-paced by Pennsylvania standards, the Associated Press reports.

Sandusky's sentencing should be in about three months; an exact date hasn't been set. Because of the severity of the charges and mandatory minimum sentences he faces an effective life sentence.

Until his next court date, Sandusky is one of 272 inmates at the Centre County Correctional Facility, seven miles from the Penn State campus. He was kept under watch overnight and is allowed access to some personal items including a prayer book, and can get visits from family, friends and attorneys.

 

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