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Posted at 08:56 AM ET, 06/18/2012

Jerry Sandusky trial live: Defense is expected to begin (updated)

Updated at 11:10 a.m. with prosecution resting its case

The prosecution rested its case in the child sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and dropped one of the 52 counts against him because the statute he was charged under did not apply when the alleged conduct occurred.

The charge relates to the man prosecutors have identified at Victim No. 7, who testified at the conduct occurred in 1995 or 1996. However, prosecutors said that an unlawful contact with a minor statute wasn’t enacted until 1997. Sandusky remains charged in three other alleged incidents invonving Victim No. 7.

The trial resumes at 9 a.m. EDT. See real-time updates after the jump and follow The Post’s Joel Achenbach and Jenna Johnson on Twitter for updates. Warning: testimony is likely to continue to be graphic and disturbing.

Original post, filed at 8:56 a.m.

The second week of the trial of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on charges of child sex abuse begins this morning in Bellefone, Pa., with the prosecution wrapping up its presentation and Sandusky’s lawyers beginning his defense.

Sandusky, 68, is accused of 52 counts involving 10 young boys over a 14-year span and has maintained that he is innocent. Lawyers for the defense may call an expert to testify about histrionic personality disorders as well as Sandusky himself. His lawyer, Joe Amendola, promised in his opening statement that the jury would hear from Sandusky and reminded reporters of that.

“Did I make an opening statement?” Amendola said (via citizensvoice.com). “I'm Catholic. I don't lie.”

How well Sandusky would fare in cross-examination is an unknown. He came across poorly in a telephone interview with Bob Costas late last year. In a four-hour interview in December, he was more expansive and gave a hint of his side, telling Jo Becker of the New York Times: “They’ve taken everything that I ever did for any young person and twisted it to say that my motives were sexual or whatever,” he said. “I had kid after kid after kid who might say I was a father figure. And they just twisted that all.”

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