Judge denies Sandusky motions to dismiss abuse charges
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In a brief order posted Friday, the judge presiding over the criminal trial of Jerry Sandusky denied motions to dismiss child sex abuse charges filed against the former Penn State University assistant football coach.
McKean County Senior Judge John M. Cleland denied motions to dismiss charges in both criminal cases as well as a petition for a writ of habeas corpus, which also sought the elimination of charges against Mr. Sandusky.
Defense attorney Joseph Amendola filed the motions claiming that the prosecution failed to show enough evidence to sustain the criminal counts and said that the charges were so lacking in specificity that they were impossible to defend.
Trial in the case is scheduled to begin Monday in Bellefonte. It took just two days to seat the jury, which includes seven women and five men.
First Published June 9, 2012 12:00 am