Judge rejects bid to delay Sandusky trial

Posted at 05/22/2012 2:27 PM

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania - Former Penn State University assistant American football coach Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse trial will begin as scheduled on June 5, Judge John Cleland ruled on Monday.

The decision, rejecting a May 9 request for a delay by Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola, opens the way for jury selection to begin in just over two weeks to consider 52 charges of alleged abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year span.

Sandusky, 68, has denied any wrongdoing and will face a jury selected from the State College area where he resides and where he served for years as a top aide to the late Joe Paterno, Penn State's iconic gridiron coach.

Paterno was fired last November for failing to go beyond his legal minimums in informing authorities when told Sandusky was seen molesting a boy in a team shower.

Paterno, the most successful coach in college gridiron history with 409 triumphs, died from lung cancer in January at age 85.

Amendola had contended that he needed more time to provide an adequate defense of Sandusky, saying he needed to seek witnesses and speak with them and two Penn State administrators facing pending criminal charges were unavailable.

Retired Penn State vice president Gary Schultz and Penn State athletic director Tim Curley, now on leave, are accused of failing to properly report child abuse and perjury.

Both seek to have the charges thrown out and have said through lawyers they will not testify in the Sandusky trial even under subpoenas, citing rights to avoid self-incrimination.

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