Judge won't delay Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial

Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, arrives at Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. on April 5, 2012 after a pretrial hearing at which his attorney requested to have the charges dismissed. AP Photo/Centre Daily Times (Knight Ridder), Nabil K. Mark

(AP) HARRISBURG, Pa. - The June child sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will not be delayed, a judge ruled Monday.

The one-sentence order by Judge John Cleland did not explain his reasons, but it means the case will very likely begin with jury selection inside a central Pennsylvania courthouse in barely two weeks.

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Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola had asked for the delay on May 9, arguing that he needed more time to find and interview witnesses, and that pending criminal charges against two Penn State administrators made them unavailable as witnesses.

He said without the delay, he was concerned he would not be able to represent Sandusky effectively and adequately.

Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal counts for alleged abuse of 10 boys over 15 years, allegations he has repeatedly denied. Jury selection is scheduled to begin June 5, with jurors chosen from the State College area, where Sandusky lives.

The ruling was among a set of decisions issued on Monday in which Cleland, among other things:

  • -Ordered prosecutors to disclose "uncharged misconduct evidence" against Sandusky by May 30.
  • -Required defense lawyers to provide prosecutors reports by experts or of physical exams, mental examinations or scientific tests they plan to use as part of their case by May 30.
  • -Ordered prosecutors to file their written responses by the end of the day Friday to Sandusky's efforts to have the charges against him thrown out.
  • -Declined to get involved in the defense's effort to get grand jury materials earlier than currently planned.

Sandusky lawyer Karl Rominger and a spokesman for the attorney general's office declined to comment on the various rulings Monday. Cleland has imposed a gag order that applies to lawyers and others in the case.

Gary Schultz, a retired Penn State vice president for business and finance, and Tim Curley, the university's athletic director now on leave, are accused of perjury and failing to properly report suspected child abuse. Both men deny the allegations and are seeking to have them thrown out.

Their lawyers have informed Amendola that they will invoke their right against self-incrimination and refuse to testify if subpoenaed as witnesses in Sandusky's case.

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