By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) – A hearing is scheduled Thursday morning in Centre County Court on pretrial motions in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.
First and foremost, the judge will hear arguments on a motion by Sandusky’s lawyer to dismiss the charges against his client. With regard to some of the charges, Sandusky’s attorney claims the details are so vague in terms of dates, times and locations, that he cannot adequately prepare a defense.
The prosecution has responded to that motion by pointing out that Sandusky in December waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and thus waived his right to test whether the Commonwealth had sufficient evidence to warrant a trial.
And the prosecution retorts that it has “broad latitude” in fixing the date of offenses that involve ongoing criminal conduct, especially involving sex offenses against children.
The Commonwealth claims the defense is attempting to “exploit the appalling breadth” of Sandusky’s conduct by claiming it took place over such a long period that it hampers his defense.
The judge has already granted a defense request to delay the mid-May start of the trial. The new date is June 5th.