April 5th, 2012
04:07 AM ET

Sandusky due in court as lawyers seek to dismiss charges

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.

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  1. chrissy

    And yep i agree with that philip, your l2:36 post. And you did say children, which further proves MY point! Pedophiles, nothing to do with gender preference. Its the age that excites these sickos!

    April 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    ...still waiting for someone to post what they think motivated Jerry Sandusky to hump those boys.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • your psychiatrist

      I believe you are looking for answers to questions outside the scope of this case.

      April 5, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Would be like me saying i was rayped by a MAN, therefore all MEN are guilty. You cant blame this on the gay society, its not true nor fair!

    April 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy ©

    I am getting so confused as to the point...what do you want them convicted OF???

    April 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    A case in which there are multiple victims can be complicated especially when those victims became trouble due to the ra pye they endured and now are adults having to relive what has happened to them.
    The following seems to answer some questions more clearly.

    Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan said a grand jury investigation is ongoing and that more evidence could be introduced. The prosecution has already given the defense "voluminous" quant ities of evidence, he said.

    Judge John Cleland did not make any rulings and said his case load meant he was unlikely to do so until the middle of next week "at the earliest."

    Before adjourning the brief hearing, the judge said it was "premature to decide what can and cannot be prosecuted ... because of (the prosecution's) ongoing investigation."

    April 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy ©

    I'll ask dazzle later; she can shed some light on this, being an actual psychologist, and all.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trollbuster

      Be prepared to pay an arm and a leg as well as your first born for Dazzle's services.

      April 5, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Nah.
      It's *your* pathology that would cost so much to analyze.

      April 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    @philip: you might want to sit down for this.

    motive is irrelevent.

    if a man robs a woman, his motive being her money, and during the commision of the crime, he raypes her, he is also charged with raype.

    if a burglar breaks into someone's house, his motive to steal their wide screen tv, and while trying to do it they shoot and kill the homeowner, they get charged with murder.

    i'm done.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Being in a position of power can give some an ease of being above man's law at times

    April 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mary

    IIf you have a lust for something and are in a position of power, it can intise ones own desire to come forth with out fear of consequences.

    April 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mary

    And now back to the Sandusky story!

    April 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trollbuster

      Mary, we've heard enough from you. Don't steal my name again and do your usual damage.

      April 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      lol......

      April 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Trollbuster

    banasy, SHUT UP!!!

    April 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      lol...

      April 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Trollbuster

    Trollbuster, you are an imbecile. Shut up and get off the computer.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Trollbuster

    Right Trollbuster, thank you for putting me in my place.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    @ mary, you say you dont troll ppls names, but here you forgot to change back when you told banasy to shut up! Pretty silly, not to mention what you said about dazzle was NOT at all what a christian woman should say! What has she ever done to you?

    April 5, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    @ mary/trollbuster, I try to take you serious and have on many occassions have backed you up, but this is totally uncalled for. And @ cnn, WHY are you letting it continue?

    April 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
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