Jerry Sandusky’s defense against child-sex abuse charges has already cost him an estimated $200,000, money he has drawn from his retirement account and an insurance policy from the Second Mile, the charity he founded to help at-risk children, USA TODAY reports.
Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola told USA TODAY in an interview (before Monday’s gag order was placed on the case) that the former Penn State assistant football coach’s drained financial resources have caused their team to forego psychological testing. In addition, the financial strain has limited the defense investigations into the backgrounds of Sandusky’s eight known accusers (the remaining two alleged victims have yet to be identified).
The USA TODAY report also indicates that The Second Mile’s insurance company, Federal Insurance Co., which has paid defense expenses totaling roughly $125,000, has gone to federal court to contend that it is not obligated to pay defense costs, citing the former coach’s “reprehensible acts.”
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Sandusky’s trial is set to begin June 5 in Centre County, Pa.