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Attorney for Jerry Sandusky Requests Trial Postponement
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The former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky, has instructed his attorney to ask for the trial on June 5 to be delayed. Sandusky was charged in 2011 with over 50 counts of sexual acts with minors. The lawyer, Joe Amendola, filed the motion claiming that without postponing the trial he “will be unable to effectively and adequately represent my client.” Amendola said he needs more time to prepare and that he has not received all of the documents vital to the case yet. There was a court hearing on Wednesday, in which Superior Court Judge John Cleland did not issue a ruling on the motion. The hearing was to discuss motions regarding evidence for the case. Cleland denied a motion in April that would have pushed the trial date back.

Cleland has also denied motions to dismiss the case, including one that claimed an expired statue of limitations because too much time elapsed from when the crimes took place. Sandusky is under house arrest until the trial and has pleaded not guilty to all of the counts. Mike McQueary, a former graduate student, filed documents with the court on Tuesday that says he will file a civil lawsuit against the school due to an employment dispute. McQueary is viewed as a key witness in the case against Sandusky and was placed on administrative leave by the school back in November. At the time, acting university president Rodney Erickson and newly hired Athletic Director Mark Sherburne, said they made the decisions about McQueary. One day prior, the school said McQueary would not coach in a game versus Nebraska because of threats on his life.


“It became clear that Coach McQueary could not function in this role, under these circumstances,” Erickson said.

In his testimony, McQueary said that he told Coach Joe Paterno back in 2002 that he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the football showers. The authorities in the area did not find out about the claim until much later. Prosecutors said that the incident with Sandusky allegedly took place one year before the date reported, which has caused defense attorneys to argue that one of the charges should be removed. It was determined that the incident took place close to February 9, 2001 instead of in March of 2002. Tim Curley and Gary Schultz have been charged with perjury and failing to report the incident. Curley is the school’s former athletic director and Schultz is the school’s former university vice president who ran campus police.

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