Little Argument Made at Sandusky Hearing

Little Argument Made at Sandusky Hearing

Jerry Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, withdrew several motions that were previously-filed in the case.
BELLEFONTE, CENTRE COUNTY - The much-anticipated Jerry Sandusky hearing Thursday morning at the Centre County courthouse wrapped up in about 25 minutes.

Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coach was in court and arrived alongside his wife, Dottie. The hearing was scheduled so lawyers could argue whether charges should be dismissed in the case, as well as, how the jury will be handled, if the case goes to trial.

Both the Commonwealth and Sandusky's defense believe the jury should be kept in isolation and that jurors should be questioned individually.

Surprisingly, Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, withdrew several motions that were previously-filed in the case.

Judge John Cleland is still considering whether charges that include child sex abuse against Sandusky should be dropped. No decisions were made Thursday. Cleland says he'll rule on the issues sometime next week, at the earliest.

"In our motion to dismiss the charges, filed against Mr. Sandusky, the court has determined based upon the court's representations that there may be potential evidence that may come forth and so rather than make a premature decision the court will probably dismiss that motion,' said Amendola.

The main reason for this is that there are ongoing investigations that may affect Cleland's judgment on whether charges should be dismissed, because information is still being gathered.

The state Attorney General's office said the grand jury, which investigated Sandusky is still sitting.

Joseph McGettigan, a prosecutor for the Commonwealth said, "I'm sure there's reasonable speculation [about whether Penn State is involved in their investigation], it's a board investigation, I'll say that."

At this point, Amendola says he's been given information that's too broad to establish a defense.

Amendola indicated he would re-file the motion to have charges dropped after prosecutors complete their investigation.

"We're still challenging all the charges, we're still challenging all the issues that we've raised," Amendola said.

Amendola believes mid-May would be the cutoff time for the Commonwealth to give all the information it intends to bring up during trial, because this is the time frame he has been given on when he can respond to any court issues. Amendola plans to file another motion to dismiss a couple weeks before trial.

Amendola said another issue that could be raised in hopes of having charges related to Victim 2 in the grand jury report thrown out is whether Tim Curley, Penn State's athletic director who's on administrative leave and former finance and business administrator, Gary Schultz would testify as witnesses at trial. Amendola says Curley and Schultz wouldn't testify and would plead the fifth amendment. Amendola says this could infringe on Sandusky's rights and therefore affect the Commonwealth's litigation of charges related to Victim 2.

"Eventually, the Commonwealth hopes, we hope that the defendant will be confronted with the young men, who were children when he abused them years ago," said McGettigan.

The judge has set June 5 as the expected trial date in this case.
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