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Jerry Sandusky Trial: Ex-Penn State Coach Seeks Delay In Child Sex-Abuse Case

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In this photo from Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, left , walks with his attorney Joe Amendola, right, as he leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. after a hearing on charg...
In this photo from Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, left , walks with his attorney Joe Amendola, right, as he leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. after a hearing on charg...

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Jerry Sandusky's lawyer on Monday asked the judge in his child sex-abuse case to delay the start of his criminal trial until mid-July, saying he needed more time to prepare.

Defense lawyer Joe Amendola said the additional two months would help him contact and interview witnesses, subpoena records and hire experts. Earlier this month, Judge John Cleland tentatively scheduled jury selection in the former Penn State assistant football coach's trial to begin May 14, with jurors chosen from State College and the surrounding area.

Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal charges he sexually abused 10 boys over a 15-year period, allegations he denies.

Amendola said prosecutors have been providing him with investigative materials that have produced a number of potential witnesses who have to be located, and that defense experts will need time to review documents, prepare opinions and get ready to testify.

He said prosecutors do not object to the request, but messages left after hours Monday for a spokesman for the state attorney general's office were not immediately returned.

Amendola also sought three more weeks to file a catch-all pretrial motion that is due on Thursday, saying he expects additional material to be handed over by prosecutors, and that they also did not object to that delay.

Cleland ruled two weeks ago that Sandusky could have contact with his grandchildren and adult visitors in his home, where he is confined as he awaits trial. The judge also denied prosecution requests that Sandusky remain confined indoors, and that jurors be brought in from elsewhere in Pennsylvania to hear the case.

Sandusky was arrested in November and accused of a range of sexual misconduct involving boys he purportedly met through The Second Mile, a charity for at-risk children he founded decades ago.

Also arrested were Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, both charged with lying to a grand jury investigating Sandusky and failing to properly report suspected child abuse. Curley, now on leave, and Schultz, who has since retired, both deny the allegations and are asking a judge to dismiss their charges.

The scandal has left a black mark on one of the nation's premier major college football programs, and led to the ouster of university president Graham Spanier and longtime football coach Joe Paterno. Neither was charged with any crime, and Paterno died last month of lung cancer.

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