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Sandusky Lawyer Requests Dismissal in Child Sex Abuse Case

For the second time, Jerry Sandusky’s defense attorney has asked a judge to throw out charges of child sexual abuse filed against his client.

For the second time, Jerry Sandusky’s defense attorney has asked a judge to throw out charges of child sexual abuse filed against his notorious client. The defense contends that a number of the counts are too vague to defend, and others involve alleged victims whose identities have yet to be revealed. Sandusky, 68, faces at least 52 criminal counts for molesting 10 young boys over a period of 15 years.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/25/12: On Friday, Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a period of 15 years, charges that shattered the once pristine image of Penn State University football and led to the firing of revered head coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defense coach who was once considered to be next in line to take over Paterno’s job, showed little emotion as he was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/22/12: This week, one of Jerry Sandusky’s adopted sons reportedly admitted to authorities that the former Penn State assistant football coach sexually abused him as a child. Lawyers for Matt Sandusky, who is one of Jerry Sandusky’s six adopted children, issued a statement yesterday saying that the 33-year-old was prepared to testify on behalf of the prosecution in his father’s high-profile sex abuse trial. Click here to learn more.


Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/19/12:
Friends and ex-colleagues of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky testified yesterday on behalf of the defense in order to counter prosecution witnesses’ claims that he sexually abused boys in locker room showers. The testimony came at the beginning of the second week of a trial that has proceeded at a surprisingly brisk pace. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/15/12: The high-profile child sex abuse trial involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has adjourned for the week, following graphic testimony from eight prosecution witnesses. The last witness’s testimony has been described as the most explicit of the trial to date, but also the most problematic because some of its details differed from those of earlier witnesses. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/13/12: Taking the stand for the first time on Tuesday, former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary told jurors that he saw Jerry Sandusky naked in a locker room shower engaging in explicit sex acts with a prepubescent boy about 10 years ago. McQueary’s account differed little from his testimony given last December at a preliminary hearing, except that the shower encounter took place in 2001 instead of 2002. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/12/12: The second day of Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse trial got underway this morning with tearful testimony from a witness known so far only as ‘Victim 1,’ a teenager whose mother’s complaints sparked a grand jury investigation. The trial’s second witness to testify, the young man cried as he described to jurors how the former Penn State assistant football coach performed explicit sex acts on him after meeting him through The Second Mile, a charitable organization Sandusky founded in 1977. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/11/12: Opening arguments in the high profile child sex abuse trial involving a former Penn State assistant football coach got underway today in Bellefonte, PA., thrusting the notorious scandal back into the public spotlight. Eight young men are scheduled to testify in Centre County Court about how 68-year-old Jerry Sandusky befriended and abused them as boys over a 15-year period. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/6/12: According to sources close to the case, Jerry Sandusky allegedly wrote one of his victims inappropriate love letters, the contents of which will be read in testimony once the high-profile child sex abuse trial begins. The handwritten letters were sent to an accuser known only as ‘Victim 4,’ who is just one of eight witnesses scheduled to testify against the disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 5/30/12: Four of Jerry Sandusky’s accusers have made formal requests for anonymity during the upcoming child sex abuse trial, which is currently scheduled to begin June 5. The disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach attended a closed-door meeting with judge John Cleland on Tuesday, a day before what could be the final hearing before the start of the trial. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 5/29/12: The Second Mile, a charitable organization founded by Jerry Sandusky, is attempting to transfer its programs and millions in assets to another youth organization. The move comes in response to a steep drop in donations and loss of volunteers that followed Sandusky’s indictment on 52 counts of sexual abuse on children he allegedly met at The Second Mile. Click here to learn more.

Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 5/21/12: Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been denied an extension to the start of his child sex abuse trial, which is currently scheduled to begin June 5 in Centre County, PA. Judge John Cleland issued the ruling today, rejecting a second defense request to delay the trial. Click here to learn more.

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What’s the problem?

In the request for dismissal, Sandusky’s attorney attacked charges related to Victim 2, who allegedly had a locker room encounter with the former Penn State assistant football coach a decade ago. The school’s response to the allegations ultimately led to the dismissal of revered head coach Joe Paterno, who died in January.

Specifically, the defense claims that Victim 2‘s charges cannot be sustained based on the testimony of former assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who said he saw Sandusky engaged in inappropriate behavior with the boy in a team shower. McQueary’s accusations at a preliminary hearing last December “did not establish sufficient evidence to support these charges being submitted to the jury,” Sandusky’s attorney wrote.

The defense also contends that prosecutors will be unable to prove that there was any illegal sexual contact with Victim 6, who allegedly showered with Sandusky in 1998. Victim 6 eventually ended up telling his mother about the encounter, who later complained to Penn State university police. A subsequent investigation resulted in no charges against Sandusky.

Additionally, a janitor who allegedly witnessed Sandusky molesting Victim 8 has come down with a case of dementia and is unable to testify. The defense argues that this will require the witness’s co-workers to testify about what was seen, which would amount to inadmissible heresy that is not allowed as evidence.

In addition to the motion to dismiss charges against Sandusky, the recent defense filings also:

  • renewed a request for early release of grand jury material;
  • asked the judge to order prosecutors to respond to 14 supplemental pretrial discovery requests;
  • requested to delay the start of the trial, which is currently scheduled to begin in Bellefonte, Pa. on June 5.

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