Sandusky's attorney asks to push back trial date

February 28, 2012 2:38 pm

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The defense attorney for former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky yesterday asked for a continuance in the scheduled May 14 trial date.

Joseph Amendola has asked the judge hearing the case, John M. Cleland, to continue the trial until mid July.

According to the motion, the defense needs additional time to prepare for trial.

Specifically, Mr. Amendola said that his investigators need a "substantial amount of time" to locate and interview witnesses, "especially given the fact the commonwealth has redacted the addresses and phone numbers of these individuals in the materials it has provided to the defendant."

In addition, Mr. Amendola wrote that he would need time to subpoena various agencies for records related to the case, and then complete interviews of those potential witnesses.

As part of the request for a continuance, the defense attorney also said he anticipates needing to hire several expert witnesses, which will require additional time.

Mr. Amendola said in the motion that he spoke with the state Attorney General's office about the request, and that the prosecutors do not object.

Mr. Sandusky, who was a longtime defensive coordinator at the university, is charged with abusing 10 boys across 15 years.

He was arrested in November following a grand-jury investigation. He is currently being held on home electronic monitoring pending trial.

Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620.
First Published 2012-02-28 10:57:57

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