Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse trial will not be delayed, judge rules

FILE - In this Feb. 10, 2012 file photo, Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, speaks to the media at the Centre County Courthouse after a bail conditions hearing in Bellefonte, Pa. Pennsylvania state prosecutors and Jerry Sandusky's lawyers are due in court Monday, March 12, 2012 to argue before a judge about how much information the attorney general's office should have to reveal before the trial.
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Jerry Sandusky
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(CBS/AP) HARRISBURG, Pa. - A judge ruled Monday that the June child sex-abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will not be delayed.

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The 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.

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.

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

Cleland did say there will be a May 30 hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte if needed to consider legal arguments or conduct factual hearings for any unresolved pretrial issues that may remain.

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.  This is where Sandusky lives.

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