Sandusky Due in Court as Defense Seeks to Dismiss Charges

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By the CNN Wire Staff

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will be in a Pennsylvania courtroom Thursday as his lawyers argue that child sex abuse charges against him be dismissed.

Sandusky, 68, a longtime defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions, faces more 52 counts involving sexual acts with 10 boys, dating back to 1994. Prosecutors allege he met some of the victims through a charity he created for underprivileged children.

Sandusky has pleaded not guilty, and remains under house arrest until his trial begins June 5.

Ahead of Thursday’s hearing, Sandusky’s lawyers filed a 95-page motion on March 22 that addresses several issues:

  • The defense argues the allegations against Sandusky are so vague and non-specific that he cannot prepare and present a defense, which violates his right to due process.
  • They say that in regard to some of the victims, prosecutors cannot establish sufficient proof; in some, the statute of limitations has run out.
  • The defense also claims prosecutors have not turned over all the evidence. Once it is, the defense says it can lead to a revised motion to dismiss.
  • They also say they need more time to prepare for the trial.

 
The allegations against Sandusky led to the firing of Penn State’s heralded head football coach Joe Paterno only months before he died of complications from lung cancer.

Former school officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are charged with perjury and failure to report a crime in relation to the investigation.

In February, Penn State said it has incurred nearly $3.2 million in combined legal, consultant, and public relation fees pertaining to the scandal.