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« Reply #1140 on: May 29, 2012, 08:37:57 PM »

Sandusky in court meeting; accusers seek anonymity


May 29, 2012 08:16 PM EST | AP

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky attended a closed-door meeting with the judge in his child sexual abuse case Tuesday and four of his accusers made formal requests for anonymity, a day before what could be the final hearing before the start of trial.

The topic of the previously unannounced meeting – which also included Sandusky's lawyer and prosecutors – wasn't clear, and participants declined to comment afterward.

Judge John Cleland has not ruled on a pending defense request to have charges dismissed. Jury selection from a pool of State College-area residents is expected to begin June 5.

Sandusky, 68, a retired defensive coordinator, faces 52 criminal counts. Prosecutors say he sexually abused 10 boys over 15 years, allegations he has repeatedly denied.

His lawyer, Joe Amendola, has said Sandusky did not intend to be at the pretrial hearing Wednesday afternoon.

Also Tuesday, four of the accusers filed court motions asking Cleland to prevent their names from being made public.

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« Reply #1141 on: May 30, 2012, 04:50:28 PM »

http://abcnews.go.com/US/penn-state-coach-jerry-sandusky-loses-bid-delay/story?id=16453504
Penn State Ex-Coach Jerry Sandusky Loses Bid to Delay Next Week's Trial
By Colleen Curry
May 30, 2012

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will head to trial next week on charges that he sexually molested 10 boys after the presiding judge refused to delay the trial and allow his attorneys more time to prepare a defense.

Following a final pre-trial hearing today to iron out details of the case, including privacy of the alleged sexual abuse victims, the case will proceed to jury selection and trial. Judge John M. Cleland wrote in an order released today that jury selection will begin June 5 and testimony in the trial will not begin "before June 11."

Sandusky and his attorneys arrived unexpectedly at the Centre County courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, a day before today's scheduled hearing. The appearance sparked speculation that Sandusky and prosecutors may have been discussing a plea deal and that the case would not go to trial.

According to documents posted on the trial's website, however, the meeting was called by Cleland to discuss a motion by Sandusky's attorneys to delay jury selection. Sandusky and his attorneys, Joseph Amendola and Karl Rominger, were joined by state prosecutors in the meeting, where Cleland denied the motion to delay the trial.
Sandusky is expected to face at least eight of his accusers in court as they take the witness stand to explain how the former defensive coach allegedly molested them. Two of the alleged victims will not be in court because the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office was not able to identify them from witness accounts of molestation incidents.
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« Reply #1142 on: May 30, 2012, 04:53:13 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-05-30/jerry-sandusky-trial/55286790/1
Judge won't delay Jerry Sandusky's sex-abuse trial
May 30, 2012

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – A judge on Wednesday denied a request from former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky to delay the June 5 start of his child sex-abuse trial.
Judge John Cleland, saying no trial date is perfect but that "some dates are better than others," said he would not give defense attorney Joe Amendola more time to prepare his defense.

Cleland said starting jury selection on Tuesday would, on balance, protect Sandusky's right to a fair trial, the alleged victims' rights to their day in court, the state's obligation to prosecute promptly and the public's expectation of a swift proceeding.
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« Reply #1143 on: May 31, 2012, 10:21:17 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-05-30/jerry-sandusky-abuse-trial/55293710/1
Jerry Sandusky to meet his accusers next week in Pa. court
Kevin Johnson - USA Today
May 31, 2012

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Next week, as many as eight of the 10 alleged child victims of former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky will prepare to step from the shadows and, for the first time in public, recount a litany of offenses that have shaken the state's largest university and surrounding community. Four top university administrators, including its former president Graham Spanier, have been ousted in the past six months. The most convulsive period in the university's history did not spare even its most revered figure: Joe Paterno, the college football legend and public face of Penn State, was unceremoniously asked to leave. He died just two months later, shortly after being diagnosed with lung cancer.

The dizzying series of events is only a prelude to a trial set to open June 5 with jury selection in nearby Bellefonte, where Sandusky is scheduled to face 52 criminal counts in what promises fresh trauma for the place long known as Happy Valley.

"There is a curiosity, an anxiety about what else might be coming," said Donald Hahn, president of the State College borough's governing council and, himself, a Penn State graduate. "We are weary of this. But we are also anxious to see justice done."

Prosecutors have said it could take two weeks to present its case to a jury, whose members will be drawn from the same region where Sandusky was long viewed as one of its unshakeable pillars.
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Gary Gray, a Penn State finance professor and one of many collegiate football stars who under Sandusky's tutelage helped forge the program's reputation as "Linebacker U," said the trial is likely to inflict much more "pain."

"I still can't believe it," said Gray, who discontinued an early effort to raise funds for Sandusky's defense after reading the graphic 23-page grand jury report.
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For the school's more than 40,000 students, the trial represents a chance for basic accountability.

"We're still looking for answers," said former student body president T.J. Bard, a rising senior who sought to quell the rioting that followed the November firings of Spanier and Paterno. "Up to this point we haven't gotten any answers. All sides in this are telling very different stories. Who do we hold accountable as a university?"
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Joe Amendola, Sandusky's lawyer, has said there are no plans to seek a plea deal that would avert the upcoming courtroom confrontation between his client and the children — now young men — he took in as the trusted founder of a local charity for at-risk kids. He has filed a motion for dismissal that the judge has not ruled on. If convicted, Sandusky could spend the rest of his life in prison.

Amendola, in an interview with USA TODAY before Cleland issued an April 9 order barring the defense and prosecution from talking about the case, said that the defense will "aggressively" challenge each of Sandusky's accusers. Many of them, the attorney said, are seeking to "destroy" the former coach as part of a strategy to win potentially lucrative civil lawsuits against university officials and the institution.

"What gets lost here is that Jerry was involved as a mentor for hundreds of other kids who came to his house over the years," Amendola said. "But none of those kids are saying that Jerry molested them. It doesn't make sense."

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly, who is overseeing the prosecution, has repeatedly declined to comment on the case. But following a court appearance last month, before Cleland issued the sweeping gag order, Senior Deputy Attorney General Joe McGettigan tersely characterized Amendola's claims as part of a "pointless escapade" designed to divert attention away from the heart of the state's case.
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For years, some of their attorneys say, the alleged victims of Sandusky had been haunted by events so lurid that they were rendered mute.

Now, they are ready to speak.

Prosecutors, family attorneys, psychologists and therapists have been guiding the witnesses through a delicate process that began more than two years ago in halting interviews with law enforcement officials.

Those initial interviews, according to court documents, led state investigators to a string of additional alleged victims and witnesses who told their grim stories to a state grand jury meeting secretly in a Harrisburg, Pa., conference room. While access to the victims has been closely guarded since the first allegations were revealed in November, the trial will require that their troubling accounts be shared in public — and in person.

In a bid to at least partially shield them from "overwhelming publicity" surrounding the case, attorneys for at least five of the alleged victims petitioned the judge earlier this week to assign them pseudonyms so that their actual identities could be protected. A decision on that request was pending late Wednesday.

"I don't know of another human being on Earth who is more looking forward to putting this chapter behind him than my client," said Ben Andreozzi, a Harrisburg attorney who represents a 27-year-old man identified by prosecutors as "Victim 4," one of the witnesses seeking to block his name from being publicly disclosed.

Victim 4's allegations are among the most detailed of those outlined by the grand jury. It is a ghastly account of his association with Sandusky, whose initial mentorship allegedly veered into a dark period of sexual abuse in which the witness, beginning at about age 12, was subjected to oral sex, fondling and attempted anal assault.

"His job is to testify and tell the truth," Andreozzi said. "And he is ready to do that."

Like virtually of all of the alleged victims, Andreozzi's client is expected to speak of a pattern of behavior in which young boys, according to the state grand jury report, were picked by the coach from the pool of participants in the Second Mile program. Sandusky founded the organization in 1977 for, as its website states, "children who need additional support and who would benefit from positive human contact."

Many of the children associated with the Second Mile, which last week announced a plan to shutter operations, were the recipients of unusually generous gifts — from clothing to computers — before the encounters allegedly turned abusive.
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« Reply #1144 on: May 31, 2012, 10:23:28 PM »

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-jerry-sandusky-20120531,0,1463786.story
Jury selection to begin Tuesday in Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse case
By Michael Muskal
May 31, 2012The child sex-abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will begin with jury selection on Tuesday, with the real stars expected to testify later.

Judge John Cleland rejected what is likely the defense’s last bid to delay the trial, noting in a written opinion that starting the court case next week would protect Sandusky’s right to a fair trial while giving the alleged victims their day to be heard. The defense had sought to delay the case, to take place in Centre County Court in Bellfonte, Penn., arguing -- among other issues -- that it needed more time to digest the material presented by the prosecution.

“The reality of our system of justice is that no date for trial is ever perfect, but some dates are better than others,” Cleland wrote in a decision released Wednesday.

Cleland met with both sides in the case. Still pending are some motions including one to keep the identities of some of the alleged victims secret. But with his ruling, Cleland sent a forceful message that he wants to begin the trial phase of the case, with jury selection on June 5 and the start of the actual trial around June 11.
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« Reply #1145 on: May 31, 2012, 10:25:53 PM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/05/jerry_sanduskys_lawyers_make_l.html
Jerry Sandusky's lawyers make last-ditch effort to postpone his trial on sex-abuse charges
By CHARLES THOMPSON, The Patriot-News
May 31, 2012

BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers pursued a two-pronged approach in their defense of the former Penn State football defensive coordinator Wednesday.

Outside the courthouse, the attorneys pursued all avenues to get the trial delayed. After Judge John Cleland denied the latest defense request for a postponement, the attorneys said they might file an appeal of that ruling. Jury selection is scheduled to begin Tuesday.
amendola.jpgCHRIS KNIGHT, The Patriot-News Jerry Sandusky's attorney Joe Amendola walks into the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte on Wednesday.

In court, the attorneys made a last-ditch effort to have at least some of the child sex abuse charges against Sandusky dismissed.
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For Sandusky’s team, the biggest issue appears to be its continued argument that it is being rushed to trial before it is ready.

Cleland denied defense lawyer Joseph Amendola’s latest argument for a continuance. Amendola argued that a jury consultant he wanted to use for jury selection will not be available until later this summer, and that his paralegal is going to be out for medical reasons.

Later Wednesday, Cleland denied Amendola’s subsequent request for permission to seek a postponement from the Pennsylvania Superior Court.

Amendola could still independently seek such an emergency ruling, but legal observers reached Wednesday called his chance of success “extremely improbable.”

That’s where Amendola’s Plan B comes in.

In court Wednesday, Amendola presented Cleland with an argument to have at least some of the charges against Sandusky thrown out.
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« Reply #1146 on: May 31, 2012, 10:29:00 PM »

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/n/a/2012/05/31/national/a140547D04.DTL
Sandusky asks Pa. court for delay in sex case
By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press
May 31, 2012

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Jerry Sandusky's attorney Karl Rominger filed a petition for review and application for a stay with the Superior Court in Harrisburg on Thursday, five days before jury selection is scheduled to begin in Sandusky's child sexual abuse case. The online docket doesn't explain the nature of the petition.

Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola has declined to comment on Thursday, citing a gag order. A spokesman for the attorney general's office won't comment.
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Erickson said Penn State is seeking to become a leader in the fight against child abuse, pointing out the school donated $2.6 million in bowl revenues to a group that operates rape crisis centers and to its new center for child abuse research and treatment.

"The university really has been moving ahead. Sometimes it's hard to get that message out," Erickson told Harrisburg's The Patriot-News on Thursday, adding: "It's been a difficult time, but I think in many ways we continue to heal."

A day earlier, Erickson told State College's Centre Daily Times that Penn State has created a "degree of separation" from the scandal through the academic, athletic and charitable achievements of its students and faculty.

"I think there was a time early on when the emotions ran so high that everybody wanted to put everything in the same basket," he said. "... We've done a remarkable job in spite of the matters related to the Sandusky charges and investigations and emotions of all of that, coach Paterno's passing and so on."
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Erickson also said he took part in a "broad-ranging" three-hour interview with Louis Freeh, the former FBI director hired by Penn State's board of trustees to investigate the Sandusky scandal. Erickson declined to provide details of what he told Freeh. He said he isn't getting regular updates on the probe and will see Freeh's report when it is released to the public.

Erickson briefly addressed a lawsuit filed last week by Spanier, who said he wants to force the school to release emails related to the scandal so he can be better prepared to assist the Freeh investigation. Erickson agreed with Spanier's attorneys that Penn State was instructed by the state attorney general's office not to divulge the information, "so that's the position we took."

Though Erickson has been subpoenaed, he said he has not testified before the grand jury.

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« Reply #1147 on: May 31, 2012, 10:30:22 PM »

http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/18672285/sanduskys-attorneys-appeal-to-higher-court-for-trial-delay
Sandusky's attorneys appeal to higher court for trial delay
May 31, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Attorneys for former assistant Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky appealed to the state Superior Court on Thursday to have his child sex abuse trial delayed.

Sandusky is scheduled to go on trial June 5 and his legal representatives have already been denied a delay on two previous occasions by the trial judge, The Patriot-News reported.

The documents filed as part of the latest attempt say only that his attorneys would like the appeals court to review the request before jury selection begins. The reason itself may have been sealed.

If the request is denied, Sandusky's team will have to begin picking a jury at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., next Tuesday. Arguments in the case will not begin before June 11.
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« Reply #1148 on: June 01, 2012, 02:01:35 PM »

http://www.cbs8.com/story/18677678/pa-appeals-court-denies-sanduskys-delay-request
Pa. appeals court denies Sandusky's delay request
By MARK SCOLFORO
Associated Press
June 1, 2012



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« Reply #1149 on: June 01, 2012, 02:04:37 PM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/06/pa_superior_court_blocks_lates.html
Jerry Sandusky's trial is a go: Superior Court denies motion to delay
By Charles Thompson, The Patriot-News
June 1, 2012

Jerry Sandusky's latest attempt to win a delay in his trial on child molestation charges has been blocked by the state Superior Court.
Barring a last-minute effort to get the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to intervene, this means jury selection for the former Penn State football coach's trial will start as previously scheduled on June 5 in Centre County.

The court issued no opinion with today's ruling.
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In his latest filing, Amendola also said that two experts can't make it for this trial date, an investigator is having surgery, and two potential defense witnesses are unavailable.
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« Reply #1150 on: June 01, 2012, 09:23:16 PM »

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20120601_Sandusky_rsquo_s_last-ditch_effort_to_delay_trial__mdash__in_appeal_to_the_state_Supreme_Court.html
Sandusky’s last-ditch effort to delay trial — in appeal to the state Supreme Court
By Jeremy Roebuck
INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
June 1, 2012

In a last-minute attempt to delay his trial on child-sex-abuse charges, Jerry Sandusky asked the state’s highest court Friday to review a lower court’s decision to proceed next week with jury selection.

Hours after a Superior Court panel declined a similar request from the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach, his attorney Karl Rominger appealed to a higher authority — the Pennsylvania Supreme Court — to intervene.

The trial is to begin Tuesday in Bellefonte, Centre County.
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In his order insisting upon the Tuesday trial date, Judge John M. Cleland, drafted from McKean County to handle the case at the trial level, also mentioned a separate basis for Amendola’s request tied to an ongoing grand jury investigation. Court filings outlining that probe were placed under seal at all court levels.

Barred from discussing the case by a judicial gag order, Amendola and prosecutors were not available for comment Friday.

Cleland has yet to rule on separate defense requests to toss out some of the 52 counts against Sandusky because they are too vague or impossible to prove in court, and a motion from several of Sandusky’s accusers seeking approval to testify under pseudonyms at his trial.

In other developments Friday, a Dauphin County judge granted lawyers handling the perjury and failure-to-report cases of former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz more time to hand over discovery material.

Both men have denied allegations that they failed to notify authorities after learning of specific abuse accusations against Sandusky and then lied about their decision to grand jurors.

Their case is scheduled for trial next year.
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« Reply #1151 on: June 02, 2012, 03:51:41 PM »

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57446074/jerry-sandusky-sex-abuse-trial-preview/
Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial: Preview
June 2, 2012

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« Reply #1152 on: June 03, 2012, 12:57:48 AM »

http://www.bradenton.com/2012/06/02/4062425/in-jerry-sandusky-trial-jury-selection.html
In Jerry Sandusky trial, jury selection a calculated science

By JESSICA VANDERKOLK — McClatchy Newspapers
June 2, 2012


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« Reply #1153 on: June 03, 2012, 01:11:37 AM »

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/penn-state-trial-paint-portraits-jerry-sandusky-article-1.1088887
Penn State trial to paint two portraits of Jerry Sandusky
Once a beloved Penn State sports legend, the former coach faces trial for sex scandal

June 2, 2012

BELLEFONTE, Pa.  — Before his arrest on child molestation charges seven months ago, Jerry Sandusky was widely considered a living Penn State sports legend and the founder of an exemplary organization that worked with at-risk children.
Then came allegations, spelled out in a pair of grand jury reports, that a monster was concealed beneath a veneer of respectability and charitable leadership, a man who would systematically target and groom boys to feed predatory sexual desires.
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After months of planning, court officials say they are prepared for what could be several weeks of trial, building on experiences in other states with high-profile proceedings. About 250 reporters have registered to attend, and 29 television trucks are expected in tiny Bellefonte.
 
"I think we're ready to go. A few loose ends between now and Monday night, maybe even Tuesday morning, but we're pretty confident we're ready," said Jim Koval, spokesman for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts.
 
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he Nittany Lions' former defensive coordinator has consistently maintained his innocence, so jurors will have to sort out which of the two dramatically opposed versions of Jerry Sandusky is the truth: the avuncular ex-coach devoting his life to help needy children or the predator who used his access to boys to commit vile and criminal sexual attacks?
 
He was arrested twice, the first time in early November, when prosecutors charged him with abusing eight boys, including two whose identities had not — and still have not — been determined by investigators, boys witnesses said were subjected to sexual acts by Sandusky inside football team showers.
 
The second arrest came about a month later, when state prosecutors added charges related to two more boys. Sandusky's lawyers are still seeking to have all or some of the 52 counts against him dismissed on various grounds, more than enough counts to send the 68-year-old defendant to prison for the rest of his life.
 
The case has followed a twisted path to trial, starting with the decision by all the judges in Centre County to recuse themselves, so the state Supreme Court brought Judge John Cleland, a veteran jurist from northwestern Pennsylvania, to preside.
 
More recently his lawyers sought several times to delay the trial, but a state appeals court turned them down after Cleland ruled against them and kept the case on track to begin this week. Defense attorneys have appealed that ruling to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, which could rule sometime Monday.
 
On Friday, a group of news organizations that includes the AP sought clarity on what types of electronic transmissions will be permitted from the courtroom during trial.
 
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« Reply #1154 on: June 03, 2012, 12:38:30 PM »

http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/sandusky-trial-begins-this-week-1.1324453
Sandusky trial begins this week
By Michael R. Sisak (staff writer)
Published: June 3, 2012
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http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/06/jerry_sandusky_trial.html
Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and sex-abuse allegations: The biggest scandal in college sports history
By JOHN LUCIEW, The Patriot-News
June 3, 2012

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« Reply #1156 on: June 03, 2012, 10:01:38 PM »

http://www.ktvn.com/story/18686735/sandusky-strategy-may-pivot-on-accuser-credibility
Sandusky strategy may pivot on accuser credibility
June 3, 2012


BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - The case against Jerry Sandusky, whose trial begins Tuesday with jury selection, could boil down to a simple question: Will the young men who claim the former Penn State assistant football coach sexually abused them be viewed as credible witnesses?

That's often the case in criminal trials, legal experts say, but even more in a case with allegations that go back many years and little or no forensic evidence.

"In any case I've tried like this, the people who are the accusers have to come across exceedingly well," said veteran Harrisburg defense attorney Matt Gover. "And the defense has to demonstrate a theory to the jury that there's motive for them to lie or fabricate."

Prosecutors allege Sandusky engaged in a range of sexual abuse of 10 boys over 15 years, charges he has repeatedly denied. Eight of those 10 alleged victims have been identified by investigators, and most, if not all, had been prepared to take the stand at Sandusky's preliminary hearing, which he waived at the last minute in mid-December.
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« Reply #1157 on: June 04, 2012, 08:59:52 AM »

http://videos.pennlive.com/patriot-news/2012/06/new_to_sandusky_case_catch_up.html
New to Sandusky case? Catch up in about 2 minutes Video
By Sara Ganim, The Patriot-News
Posted: Saturday, June 02, 2012, 5:30 PM
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« Reply #1158 on: June 04, 2012, 09:10:38 AM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/06/case_by_case_breakdown_of_the.html
Case by case breakdown of the charges against Jerry Sandusky
By Sara Ganim, The Patriot-News
June 4, 2012

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« Reply #1159 on: June 04, 2012, 10:39:49 AM »

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=154279118
Sandusky Judge Denies Accusers' Bid For Pseudonyms
June 4, 2012

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Alleged victims of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will not be allowed to avoid disclosure of their names by testifying under pseudonyms, and tweets or other electronic communications by reporters will not be permitted during the trial, the judge ruled Monday.

Judge John Cleland also resolved a dispute over research into potential jurors, a day before jury selection is scheduled to start in Sandusky's trial on charges he sexually abused 10 boys.

Cleland denied a request by Sandusky's lawyer to order the attorney general's office to turn over information it has collected about potential jurors. Cleland said there was not enough evidence to warrant a hearing on the matter, and noted that prosecutors have said they have only done what a diligent defense attorney would do.

"Even if the commonwealth collected the information in this case in the manner the defense asserts and which the commonwealth denies, I do not believe that the information is constitutionally required to be turned over to the defense," Cleland wrote.

The basis for the defense request was an anonymous letter that claims to list the information prosecutors have collected.

"A motion filed by counsel must be supported by allegations of fact backed up with some credible basis to believe the allegations to be true," Cleland wrote. "Otherwise the court and counsel can be engaged in chasing chimeras."
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Cleland has not ruled on defense motions to have some or all of the charges thrown out, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has not ruled on a motion by Sandusky filed late Friday that requests a delay in the start of trial.

Cleland had said he would allow electronic communication, but not photographs or the recording or broadcasting of any verbatim account of the proceedings while court is in session.

Media groups, including The Associated Press, sought clarification on Friday, in response to which Cleland rescinded permission for any electronic communications from inside the Centre County courtroom.

"It is readily apparent from the allegations in the media's motion ... that the standard I applied in my definition is confusing to reporters, unworkable, and, therefore, likely unenforceable," the judge wrote.

At least 250 reporters have registered to attend the trial.
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  " Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts."  - Daniel Moynihan
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