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Jerry Sandusky Loses Appeals Court Bid to Delay Abuse Trial

June 01, 2012

Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at Pennsylvania State University, failed to persuade an appeals court to delay his sex-abuse trial.

Sandusky sought the higher court’s intervention after state court Judge John M. Cleland denied his second request to postpone the trial. Cleland said in his ruling that while the June 5 trial date poses some problems, no other date will necessarily present a better alternative.

The Pennsylvania Superior Court denied Sandusky’s emergency petition for review of Cleland’s order and denied as moot his request to stay the proceedings, according to court documents.

Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator for Penn State’s Nittany Lions, is charged with 52 criminal counts related to the alleged abuse of 10 boys he met through a charity he founded for needy children. Eleven of the counts are for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, according to court documents.

Jury selections in the case are scheduled to begin on June 5 with opening arguments slated for June 11.

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

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