Before the start of business Tuesday, former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky stunned a jam-packed courtroom with the decision to waive his right to a preliminary hearing. It was an abrupt departure from the defense’s widely advertised strategy for the proceedings.

While several attorneys representing some of the alleged victims in the sex abuse scandal said the decision could foreshadow a plea agreement, Sandusky’s attorney returned to a horde of media outside the Bellefonte, Pa., courthouse to dispel any such notion. State prosecutors also announced no plea discussions have taken place.

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