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Penn State Ex-Coach Sandusky Denied Delay of Abuse Trial

Feb. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach accused of sexually abusing boys, lost a bid to delay his trial until mid-July from May.

Joseph Amendola, a lawyer for Sandusky, argued earlier this week the time required to locate and question witnesses and issue subpoenas to collect records warranted a delay in the trial. Amendola also said the prosecution didn’t oppose the continuance.

“Postponement of a trial should be the last resort” and only after all “attempts to remedy the impediments to the conduct of a prompt trial have been exhausted,” state court Judge John M. Cleland wrote in his decision today denying the extension. “Delay has a way of begetting delay.”

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, is scheduled to go on trial in May.

Sandusky won an extension to respond to the commonwealth’s discovery requests, due to “the commonwealth’s inability to process the defendant’s discovery requests,” Cleland ruled.

Prosecutors will have to supply Sandusky with the addresses and phone numbers of witnesses identified in the Commonwealth’s discovery materials within seven days.

The Sandusky case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sandusky, CP-14-2422-2011, Court of Common Pleas, Centre County, Pennsylvania (Bellefonte)

To contact the reporters on this story: Michael Bathon in Wilmington, Delaware, at mbathon@bloomberg.net; Phil Milford in Wilmington, Delaware, at pmilford@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net

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