Sandusky Loses State High Court Bid for Trial Delay
Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach accused of sexually abusing boys, failed to persuade the state Supreme Court to delay his criminal trial.
Jury selection is set to begin tomorrow in the Court of Common Pleas in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, with opening arguments slated for June 11. Sandusky, 68, sought intervention from the state high court after the judge presiding over the trial denied his second request to postpone, ruling that no other date would be better.
Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator for Penn State’s Nittany Lions, is charged with 52 criminal counts related to the alleged abuse of 10 boys he met through a charity he founded for needy children.
In seeking a delay, Sandusky cited the inability of experts to attend the trial or be prepared to assist the defense, including a jury consultant who won’t be available until the end of July, and the impending surgery of a defense paralegal and investigator. Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola has argued that lawyers need more time to prepare and review the pretrial material provided by prosecutors.
Amendola didn’t immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment on the supreme court decision.
The case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sandusky, CP- 14-2422-2011, Court of Common Pleas, Centre County, Pennsylvania (Bellefonte).
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