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Jerry Sandusky trial: Several prospective jurors have ties to school, defendant

Updated: June 5, 2012 3:24PM

Early in the jury selection process for Jerry Sandusky’s child sex-abuse trial, jurors were asked to indicate through a system in which they held up cards whether they had connections to Penn State.

About a dozen signaled that they worked or had retired from the university; another half-dozen said they had spouses who worked for the school.

Four indicated they knew Sandusky. Two said they knew his wife, Dottie, who was not in court on Tuesday.

Two potential jurors indicated they had previously volunteered with The Second Mile.

Of the first group of 40 to be questioned Tuesday morning, Cleland dismissed five for medical reasons or vacation plans.

Looking worn out and concerned, Sandusky didn’t say anything during that phase of jury selection, in contrast to the polite “good mornings” exchanged by attorneys to potential jurors.

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