Judge denies Sandusky bid for more particulars

Published 11:32 am Tuesday, March 13, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The judge in former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse case said Tuesday that a defense request for more information regarding when and where the alleged crimes occurred is moot because prosecutors have said they cannot produce additional detail.

Judge John Cleland issued the order a day after the two sides debated the matter before him in a central Pennsylvania courtroom.

Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola said in response that he intended to file a motion next week asking to dismiss all charges “for lack of specificity.”

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“What he’s saying is exactly what the case law says can result in a case being chucked,” Amendola said. “If the commonwealth can’t be more specific, the defendant can’t adequately present their defense.”

A spokesman for the attorney general’s office declined to comment.