Thirty-one-year-old Alissa Milanese, of Bellefonte, left the Centre County Courthouse on Wednesday morning not knowing why she had been excused from jury duty for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial.
She got as far as the group questioning phase, where she was crossed off the list. One thing that may have triggered her departure: Family members who have ties to The Second Mile charity Sandusky founded.
No one on the 16-person jury appears to have a tie to the charity authorities said he used to meet the boys he allegedly abused. The attorneys also avoided people who knew potential witnesses or those with strong opinions about the case.
Prosecutors in the case unsuccessfully asked the judge for an out-of-county jury. They were up against Sandusky, who said he wanted the 12 people who will issue the verdict in the case to come from Centre County.
Jury selection took place more speedily than expected — in less than
two days. Many of the chosen jurors have ties to Penn State. But, other potential jury members were eliminated at the request of either the prosecution or defense. Attorneys can make a motion for cause — giving a reason the judge to remove the juror. If that fails, they can use one of the seven challenges they’re given.
Here’s a look at who else was excused:
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