Judge rejects motions to dismiss in Sandusky case
Jerry Sandusky arrives at court earlier this week.
June 8th, 2012
11:57 AM ET

Judge rejects motions to dismiss in Sandusky case

The judge overseeing former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse case denied on Friday defense motions to dismiss the charges in the case.

Sandusky is charged with more than 50 counts of sexual misconduct involving young boys. His lawyers had sought to have the charges dismissed, arguing some were too vague and that there is insufficient evidence on others.

The ruling comes two days after prosecutors and defense attorneys settled on a jury of five men and seven women to hear the case against Sandusky, who has been under house arrest since he was charged with sexually abusing 10 boys, some of whom he met through the charity he created for underprivileged children.

Sandusky, 68, has denied the charges.

Many jurors have Penn State ties

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  1. Mazzata

    "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers."
    –Henry the 6th, Shakespeare.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Shakespeare

      What is it that none of you morons who use that quote have actually read Shakespeare? Shakespeare was talking about the best way the install a tyrannical form of government. First kill all of the lawyers. In other words, this would be a bad thing, since nothing would stand between the individual and a tyrannical government any longer. Most of the freedoms you enjoy are because lawyers are out there preserving them for you on a daily basis. If the prosecutor's case is so strong, they certainly should not have a problem with the evidence being tested by a zealous advocate for the accused. Please refrain from operating heavy machinery or voting...

      June 8, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cornqueen

    This man literally disgusts me.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Not a Scholar

    Ummmm Why did they think they could get the charges dismissed? What was the reason on the motion? Anyone? Anyone?

    June 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • SkiOne

      Lack of evidence (not that I think that, I think he is guilty as sin)

      June 8, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      It's standard procedure to ask for dismissal. It's called "summary judgement". The logic being that it doesn't hurt to ask, and in a case where there are multiple counts even getting some tossed out if a victory. In this case I don't think anything is going to save this guy (and rightly so), but that in a nutshell is why they asked.

      June 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ARA

      Summary judgement and dismissal are two different things, but yes, it is SOP.

      June 8, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      they figure, it doesn't hurt to try...

      June 8, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lori

      Pretty much standard procedure for any defense. 99% of the time it doesn't work, but what the heck.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Beam

    Good! Couldn't image it getting dismissed anyway.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Su Lynn

    Are you kidding me?
    "The panel includes one retired professor and one current professor, three graduates, two employees and one current student."
    At what point does the justice department step-in and straighten out this farce?

    June 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Charlie

      I agree...How the heck did the prosecuting attorney agree to those people?

      June 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • jonvi

      The people of State College and esp those who attended PSU will show no mercy. This person has ruined the reputation of a great school and a loving community. This dirtball is going to pay for his crimes.

      June 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • casey

      Please DO NOT assume that anyone from the Penn State community is backing this monster. I am a current Penn State employee and would love to have been selected for this jury. He IS NOT the face of Penn State – he is a former employee. We cannot put into words how disgusted we are by his actions. Our hearts are hurting for everyone of his victims. From the highest tree....

      June 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kofender

      Su Lynn–my guess is our best hope for a reasonable jury lies with that retired professor. Remember, the professors (those who aren't coaches) usually resent all the time, attention, and money paid to the athletic department. Perhaps this retired professor is not dazzled by the Penn State football team and has his eyes wide open to the possibility of abuse and cover-up happening there.

      June 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©

    Nasty creeper.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Toy Soldiers

    ‘S@x history’ window to pedophile priest’s mind

    The priest always started his favorite “game” by having the young boy remove his underwear and put on loose-fitting shorts so he could fondle him more easily. Then, the Rev. Robert Van Handel would run his hands up and down the child’s body as he stretched across his lap, Walkman headphones on his ears, pretending to be asleep. The recollection appears in a 27-page “s@xual history” written by Van Handel, a defrocked Franciscan cleric who is accused of molesting at least 17 boys, including his own 5-year-old nephew, local children in his boys’ choir and students at the seminary boarding school where he taught.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • rob mas

      I'd say he was "defrocked" most of the time!

      June 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    Gotta agree with you there, matt.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. DL

    He's still walking around?! With all the guns in the US, no one's put one in his head yet?

    June 8, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Bob

    Matt, it's almost impossible in that area to find someone NOT affiliated with Penn State. That's the only "industry" up in that area. The rest is all farm land.

    June 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. rob mas

    Is the ton do smallll that everyone is alum, current, faculty or staff?

    June 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shootmyownfood

      Yes.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Garrett

      Rob, yes, it really is like that.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spell check

      What's a "ton do" exactly

      June 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • pmk1953

      It depends upon how long it's been falling before they clock it.

      June 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. northernCA

    I am very grateful for our criminal justice system and the comments I've read here make me even more grateful. I have no comment on his guilt or innocence and thank any jury that is will to sit and listen to what this trial is going to present to them.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. John

    As a graduate of Penn State I would love to be on that jury. I believe that the evidence will show that man has destroyed the lives of innocent children. He has disgraced the university. Anyone who was proud of what we believed the school stood for is furious with him and those in the administration that sat back and did nothing to stop the abuse. I’m shocked that the defense allowed so many with ties to the school to be on the jury.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. lwingate

    He is such a disgusting creep. I hope they hang him high.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. rob mas

    Joe's right, they're just doing the voir dance prior to actual trial...he could sue them for misrepresenting him later if they don't. welcome to our antiquated legal system...still better then being drawn and quartered.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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