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Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 06/19/2012

Jerry Sandusky trial live: Jury could deliberate by end of the week; Sandusky lawyer jokes trial is like “All My Children”

Say this about the trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator, on over 50 charges of child sex abuse: It’s moving very, very quickly.

The defense is expected to rest by noon Wednesday, Judge John Cleland said Monday in the Bellefonte, Pa., courtroom, with closing arguments Thursday. A verdict by the end of the week “seems possible,” The Post’s Joel Achenbach writes.

Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, had said that Sandusky would be called to testify, but Tuesday morning he wasn’t tipping his hand. “Stay tuned,” he told reporters who inquired as he entered the courthuse. “It’s like a soap opera. If I tell you, it takes all the excitement out of it.”

Asked to name which soap opera, Amendola said, “General Hospital,” then changed it to “All My Children” (via Pennlive.com’s Matthew Kemeny). Amendola added that he was joking.

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.

Other possible witnesses could include Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, and an expert who would testify about histrionic personality disorder, which characterized by erratic emotions and inappropriate sexual behavior.

On Monday, Amendola sought to show that communal showers were part of the culture of sports in which Sandusky existed in State College, Pa. Former colleagues testified that it was not unusual for Penn State coaches and boys to shower together in the locker room’s public showers, a revelation that drew “hushed whispers” in the courtroom (via Pennlive.com and Sara Ganim) and quickly became a hot topic on Twitter.

Dick Anderson, a former Nittany Lions offensive line coach, and Booker T. Brooks, a former receivers and tight ends coach, testified that they shower with boys, and saw nothing strange about Sandusky doing the same. Both coaches, however, drew the line at physical contact.

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A second grand jury presentment

Timeline: How the scandal unfolded

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