Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach accused of sexually abusing boys, asked a judge to delay his trial until mid-July from May, saying prosecutors don’t object.
Joseph Amendola, a lawyer for Sandusky, submitted the request today, citing the volume of work to be done in preparation for his defense and the number of potential witnesses to be located and interviewed, according to court papers filed in state court in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.
Private investigators “will need a substantial amount of time to locate and interview these witnesses, especially given the fact the Commonwealth has redacted the addresses and phone numbers of these individuals,” Amendola said in the court filing.
Sandusky, 68, a former defensive coordinator for Penn State’s football team, is charged with more than 50 counts stemming from the alleged abuse of boys during a 15-year period. Sandusky, who has denied the charges, had been scheduled to go on trial in May.
In addition to locating witnesses, Amendola said in the filing that he expects to issue a number of subpoenas to various agencies and individuals to produce records relating to Sandusky’s cases. He didn’t identify the agencies or individuals.
Amendola said in the filing that prosecutors don’t object to the request for a continuance.
The Sandusky case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sandusky, CP-14-2422-2011, Court of Common Pleas, Centre County, Pennsylvania (Bellefonte)