Monday, May 21, 2012
Sandusky trial to begin as scheduled June 5
By Adam Rittenberg
The trial of former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky on child sex abuse charges will begin as scheduled on June 5.
Judge John Cleland on Monday denied a request from Sandusky's attorney for a delay in the trial. Attorney Joe Amendola on May 9 asked that the start of jury selection be pushed back because he needed more time to find and interview witnesses, and because pending criminal charges against two former Penn State administrators (Tim Curley and Gary Schultz) made them unavailable as witnesses. Attorneys for both Curley and Schultz have informed Amendola that their clients will invoke the Fifth Amendment rights and refuse to testify during the Sandusky trial if subpoenaed.
Sandusky faces 52 counts of alleged abuse of 10 boys during a 15-year span. Jury selection begins June 5, and jurors will be selected from the State College area.