Few issues resolved at Sandusky pretrial

The judge overseeing former Penn State assistant football coach
Jerry Sandusky’s child sex-abuse case said he would rule later on a
number of issues raised at a pretrial hearing Thursday, including a
request to have the charges dismissed.

During a 20-minute hearing that Sandusky attended, defense
attorney Joe Amendola asked Judge John Cleland – if he opts to deny
that request – to deny it without prejudice so he can raise it
again later.

Prosecutors said more information about Sandusky’s conduct could
result from an ongoing grand jury investigation. Cleland met with
attorneys behind closed doors after the hearing to set deadlines
for disclosure of other information before trial, including
anything resulting from the grand jury investigation.

Amendola also told the court that the attorneys for two key
witnesses – Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former vice
president Gary Schultz – had informed him they would invoke the
Fifth Amendment if called to testify at Sandusky’s trial.

Curley and Schultz are charged with perjury and failing to
report allegations of child abuse. Both have pleaded not
guilty.

In a catch-all pretrial motion filed last month, Amendola argued
some charges were not specific enough, there was not enough
evidence in some cases, and the statute of limitations may have
expired for others.

Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal counts for alleged abuse of 10
boys over 15 years. He is confined to home while awaiting trial and
has repeatedly denied the charges.

Both sides agree that prospective jurors should be questioned
individually, and sequestered during the trial now set to begin
June 5.