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Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 06/20/2012

Jerry Sandusky trial live: Former Penn State assistant will not testify as defense rests (updated)

Updated at 11:50 a.m.

The defense in the trial of Jerry Sandusky on over 50 charges of child sex abuse has rested, without the former Penn State assistant coach being called to the witness stand.

Court is in recess until 9 a.m. Thursday, when closing arguments will be made. The former Penn State coach, according to Yahoo, had prepared to testify through Tuesday evening and the decision to keep him from the witness stand came over his objections, according to ESPN.

Earlier Wednesday, Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, was giving nothing away as he entered the courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., although he wasn’t joking, as he did Tuesday, about the trial resembling a soap opera, specifically “All My Children.” This time, his response to questions about whether Sandusky would testify was a more measured: “I can’t talk about the case. The judge will throw me in the clink.”

In other developments Wednesday, Juror No. 6 was replaced because of illness. And an internet character called the PedoBear made an appearance outside the courthouse.

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.

On Tuesday, Dottie Sandusky, wife of the former Penn State defensive coordinator, testified for just under an hour that she saw no sexual encounters between her husband and any of his accusers. A self-described strict mother who earned the nickname “Sarge,” Dottie Sandusky attempted to minimize the damaging testimony of one alleged victim, a now 28-year-old man: “He was very demanding and he was very conniving. And he wanted his way, and he didn’t listen a whole lot.”

In other testimony, an expert on histrionic personality disorder and two state troopers were called to the stand in an attempt to show that they had coached a prosecution witness. Whether Sandusky testifies or not, a portrait of “two Jerry Sanduskys” has emerged, Sara Ganim of Pennlive.com writes,.”

“The Sandusky that adults talk about — smart, intelligent, creative. The man who started a charity for young kids, devised a winning strategy for a major college football team. The man who raised a family with an incredibly busy schedule, spoke at football events and fundraisers for his charity, and organized camps.

“And there's Sandusky who comes out when he is with kids. The one he self-describes — in his writings and in interviews with psychologists — as naive, like Forest Gump, overly emotional and attention-seeking.”

Sandusky has denied the allegations since his arrest last November.

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