With 10 jurors, opening likely in Pa. prison case

With 10 jurors, opening likely in Pa. prison case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Attorneys have been told to be ready to give opening statements soon in the trial of a fired Pittsburgh state prison guard accused of sexually and physically abusing inmates.

Ten jurors were picked Tuesday in the highly-publicized case of 61-year-old Harry Nicoletti, of Coraopolis. Attorneys must pick two more jurors and two alternates. And Allegheny County Judge David Cashman has told the attorneys if that happens before lunch today, that opening statements will occur in the afternoon.

Nicoletti faces the most — and most serious — charges of the four guards who are standing trial separately for the alleged abuse in prison’s intake area.

Nicoletti allegedly sexually assaulted and physically abused more than 20 inmates, mostly those serving time for child molestation. Nicoletti has said the allegations behind the 89 counts he faces are “made up.”

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