WJACTV.COM :: Sandusky Jury Selection Begins Today

Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky (Provided photo)

BELLEFONTE – The Pennsylvania Supreme Court turned down Jerry Sandusky’s request to delay the start of his trial on child sexual abuse charges.

According to Gant news partner WJACTV.com, Sandusky’s lawyer appealed to the high court after the trial judge and a lower-level court rejected attempts to push back the trial.

Attorney Joe Amendola has repeatedly argued that he needs more time to prepare his defense, but in a memo to media members late Monday Amendola said, “I’ll see you in court.”

Jury selection will get underway at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

On Monday the judge ruled alleged victims can’t avoid disclosure of their names by testifying under pseudonyms, and is banning tweets and other electronic communications from inside the courtroom.

Judge Cleland made those rulings and resolved a dispute over jury selection on Monday, a day before proceedings are scheduled to start in Bellefonte.

Cleland is denying a request by Sandusky’s lawyer to order the attorney general’s office to turn over information it’s collected about potential jurors. He says there isn’t enough evidence to warrant a hearing on the matter, and notes that prosecutors say they’re only doing what a diligent defense attorney would do.

The former Penn State assistant coach faces 52 charges he abused 10 boys over 15 years, allegations he denies.

Just last week, 6 News told you about Sandusky’s legal team making allegations that prosecutors were doing secret background check on the 600 names in the jury pool selected in Centre County.

For the full story, check out WJACTV.com.


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