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|Defense: Sandusky a Victim of Investigators
|BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- Jerry Sandusky's defense attorney says the former Penn State assistant football coach is a victim of lawyers and accusers with financial motives and a legal system that thought he was guilty before he was even charged.
In his closing argument Thursday, Joe Amendola said investigators determined Sandusky was a dangerous sex offender as far back as 2008, then coached his alleged victims to give accusatory statements.
Amendola says there are no winners in this case. Even if Sandusky is acquitted, he says his client's life has already been destroyed, as have the reputations of many, including Joe Paterno.
Sandusky is charged with 48 criminal counts involving the alleged sexual abuse of 10 boys.
Prosecutors are to present their closings next. They say Sandusky is a pedophile who preyed on vulnerable boys.
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