Judge dismisses Sandusky defense request
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A judge has dismissed a request by an attorney for former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky that prosecutors be more specific about the timing of alleged sexual assaults.
Attorney Joe Amendola argued in a Centre County court on Monday that the sometimes years-long intervals provided by prosecutors do not allow Mr. Sandusky the opportunity to defend himself.
Senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph E. McGettigan III responded that accusers are unable to say exactly when they were assaulted because of their youth at the time, the trauma of the incidents and the passage of years since.
Judge John Cleland this morning dismissed the request, saying an order would not produce the desired information.
"Any order directing the Commonwealth to supply details would be a futile act since the Commonwealth has explained it cannot supply the details requested," he wrote.
Mr. Amendola said on Monday that he would ask for the charges to be dismissed if prosecutors did not provide more details about timing.
First Published March 13, 2012 10:40 am