Jerry Sandusky pleaded not guilty inside of a Pennsylvania courtroom today, waiving his right to a preliminary hearing in the process and avoiding any testimony from those who have accused him of child abuse. For now at least.
The disgraced ex-defensive coordinator at Penn State subsequently appeared on the courtroom steps alongside his lawyer, Joseph Amendola, who told the press:
"There will be no plea negotiations. This is a fight to the death."
Amendola added that his client also waived his appearance at the January 11 arraignment and asked for a jury trial.
A handful of alleged victims were present at the court house this morning and prepared to make their claims public , a step they will now take instead some time in 2012.
Said Howard Janet, an attorney for one of the boys who has said he showered with Sandusky: "It would have been apparent from watching those boys and their demeanor that they were telling the truth."