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Sandusky Defense to Learn Alleged Victims’ Identities

January 31, 2012

(Updates with state’s request on jury in last paragraph.)

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg) -- The identities of the 10 people who allegedly were sexually abused by former Pennsylvania State University coach Jerry Sandusky will be disclosed to his lawyer by Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly.

Kelly’s office will provide the identities to Sandusky’s attorney by Feb. 3, according to papers filed yesterday in state court in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. The decision follows a “bill of particulars” request by Sandusky for documents disclosing the identities and locations of the alleged victims and witnesses.

“A bill of particulars may not be used as a substitute for discovery, or to require the Commonwealth to recite all of the evidence within its possession or its theories of the case,” Jonelle Eshbach, senior deputy attorney general for the criminal prosecutions section, said in the filing.

Sandusky, 68, a former assistant football coach, is charged with more than 40 counts stemming from the alleged sexual abuse of 10 boys. He waived a preliminary hearing in December and prosecutors said his case will proceed to trial.

Sandusky, who is under home confinement, asked the court last week to amend his bail conditions. He is seeking permission to visit with his grandchildren in his home with supervision and to leave his residence to assist his attorneys in locating potential defense witnesses.

Bill of Particulars

State prosecutors are opposed to relaxing bail restrictions and asked a judge to deny Sandusky’s request for additional details sought in his bill of particulars.

Prosecutors today also asked that a jury be selected from a another county because of the ties between Centre County and Penn State. To ask Centre County residents to “insulate themselves from the institution” is “unfair and impracticable,” the state said in its filing.

Sandusky opposes the request for an out-of-county jury, his lawyer Joseph Amendola said.

“Jerry’s case has drawn national attention as a result of which we feel there’s no better place than Centre County from which to select fair minded individuals to sit as jurors,” Amendola said in an e-mailed statement.

The case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sandusky, CP- 14-2422-2011, Court of Common Pleas of Centre County, Pennsylvania (Bellefonte).

--Editors: Stephen Farr, Fred Strasser

To contact the reporter on this story: Sophia Pearson in Philadelphia at spearson3@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Hytha at mhytha@bloomberg.net


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