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Real-Time Reports Allowed At Sandusky Hearing


There will be live Twiitter, text and email updates from inside the Jerry Sandusky hearing on Tuesday after a late Monday court ruling.

Court officials setting media rules for a preliminary hearing for a Penn State assistant football coach accused of molesting boys will let news reporters in the courtroom electronically relay reports of the testimony in real time.

Sandusky is charged with more than 50 counts of child sex abuse involving 10 boys. The 67-year-old acknowledges showering with boys but says he didn't molest them.

An order posted Monday says reporters will be allowed to email, send text messages and tweet from their laptop computers and handheld devices from inside the courtroom in Centre County.

News organizations including The Associated Press had sought to change an earlier court decorum order banning the wireless communication but allowing laptops for note-taking only.

No recording of Tuesday's proceedings may take place.
The attorney for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says his client is just misunderstood when he talks about his love for children.

Sandusky is accused of sexually molesting 10 boys and he will appear in court Tuesday morning for a preliminary hearing in Bellefonte, pa.

His lawyer, Joe Amendola, expects some of Sandusky's accusers to appear at the hearing and testify.

Amendola told reporters before the hearing that Sandusky has been misinterpreted in several media interviews he did while free on bail.

"I think he struggles with the idea that he loves kids but he realizes when he says that, that people can interrupt that as a sexual connotation," Amendola said.

Sandusky did two interviews sanctioned by Amendola after Sandusky was first charged in early November.

Also on Monday, the Associated Press released its own investigation into how the Sandusky situation was handled at Penn State.

It claims there were warning signs for more than a decade that Sandusky was pushing boundaries with young boys on campus.

The AP investigation suggests Penn State as an institution shares some blame for the Sandusky situation, along with the entrenched traditions of now-fired head football coach Joe Paterno.

The investigation paints a picture of secrecy, saying reaction to complaints of improper behavior was to keep silent, minimize it or explain it away.

So far the official allegations only target three people, Sandusky, the school's former athletic director Tim Curley and now retired senior vice president Gary Schultz.

Both are charged with perjury and failure to report a 2002 sexual abuse complaint, and they have their own hearing on Friday in Harrisburg, Pa.

Curley and Schultz have insisted they were told only in 2002 about horseplay which made then graduate assistant Mike McQueary uncomfortable, while McQueary testified he explicitly told them about a rape.

But now, according to a report in the Harrisburg Patriot-News, the testimony of McQueary is being questioned.

That report says a source with knowledge of the grand jury testimony in the case claims a close family friend of McQueary testified that the assistant coach did not actually see Sandusky assaulting the child and that he only heard what he described as "sex noises" coming from the showers.

Sandusky's attorneys will likely focus on that inconsistency to defend their client Tuesday when the hearing starts.

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