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The Patriot-News | Two More Alleged Child Sex Abuse Victims in Jerry Sandusky Scandal Reflect on Missed Calls for Help

(12/07/2011) In Pennsylvania, witness credibility is not an issue until trial, said Chris Mallios, a staff attorney at AEquitas, a prosecutors’ resource center for violence against women.

Still, Mallios said, Amendola will want to get as much of the alleged victims’ testimony on the record as the judge will allow, in hopes of using it against the witnesses at trial. That’s where the harsh interrogation will come. Many of the alleged victims are expected to testify Tuesday.

“That type of attack on credibility is a no-brainer,” Mallios said. “When you have a defendant who’s prestigious or wealthy, you always say [the victim] wants money. The truth is the truth, and the truth will come out. When victims talk about their experiences, details that only they could have known ... the truth comes out at trial.”

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