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Defense Closing Statement: Sandusky's a Victim of Investigaotrs

Jerry Sandusky's defense attorney says the former Penn State assistant football coach is a victim of lawyers and accusers with financial motives and a legal system that thought he was guilty before he was even charged

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    Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at his child sex abuse trial at the Centre County Courthouse on June 21, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pa. for closing arguments.

    Jerry Sandusky's defense attorney says the former Penn State assistant football coach is a victim of lawyers and accusers with financial motives and a legal system that thought he was guilty before he was even charged.

    In his closing argument Thursday, Joe Amendola said investigators determined Sandusky was a dangerous sex offender as far back as 2008, then coached his alleged victims to give accusatory statements.

    Amendola says there are no winners in this case. Even if Sandusky is acquitted, he says his client's life has already been destroyed, as have the reputations of many, including Joe Paterno.

    Sandusky is charged with 48 criminal counts involving the alleged sexual abuse of 10 boys.

    Prosecutors say the jurors in Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse case can't forget about the 10 boys the former Penn State assistant football coach is accused of abusing.

    Senior Deputy Attorney General Joe McGettigan told the jury in his closing argument Thursday not to be distracted by defense conspiracy theories as they decide whether Sandusky sexually abused boys he met through a charity he founded.

    Jury deliberations began shortly after McGettigan's closing arguments.