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. OPEN400

    I still feel for Paterno and feel he got a raw deal. If Paterno had run the Penn State program the way Hoover ran the FBI(i.e. constantly spying on his employee's private life), then Paterno would have known all the details. Paterno even trusted Sandusky even on occasion with his own kids. Paterno trusted Sandusky and Sandusky violated the trust. There is no concrete evidence that there was a massive cover up going on a Penn State by Paterno. Coaching or playing ball at Penn State is a rare opportunity. Paterno turned out thousands of ball players that went on not just to just pro football, but many walks of life.

    Since when has America become so self-righteous about the wellbeing of children? Bush invades Iraq to set up an oil colony under the guise of weapons of mass destruction killing thouosands of children. Bush and Cheney live into smiling old age for war crimes. Paterno is remembered disgrace because an assistant coach he had on the staff 10 years ago is allegedly a pedophile.

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

      You are wrong. Paterno did NOT get a raw deal. He had to be fired. He enabled the continual child molestation by NOT reporting it to police. It was NOT good enough he told the President of Penn State. He, as an educator, had an obligation to take it to the police.

      PSU is handling the fallout reasonably well. They had to fire Paterno and start with a clean slate moving forward - it was the only way to come clean. As far as the Board of Trustees, any who knew about this years ago should also be forced from the Board.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kofender

      Open400–I'm not so sanguine about Joe Paterno as you seem to be. He knew full well what Sandusky was alleged to have done, and he did nothing much about it except close his eyes to the situation and hope it would go away (clearly, it didn't). So I must differ with your conclusions. I do agree with your comments about Bush and Cheney killing thousands of innocent people (not just children).
      @Dave: is it your contention all liberals are idiots? I would never make such a contention about all right wing, fascist conservative bigots spewing hatred and ignorance. I know a few with a great deal of intelligence, though I think they are all quite wrong-headed in their vile philosophy.

      June 8, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MIKE

    He is alive and Joe is dead need I say more

    June 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. SPK

    The Majority of us who live in Central PA think this entire trial is a joke, just sitting back waiting for a Mistrial, or an Innocent Verdict. The Jury is a Joke. Yet, anyone with half a brain knows something happened to these young men/boys and they will continue to pay the price.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • riamb60

      Penn State connection = corruption = mistrial = judicial system sucks.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. in_hate_with_pedophiles

    duh. but i guess his lawyer had to appear to be doing his or her job.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LynnieMae

    This is so silly. This is not a bad day for Sandusky–his lawyers never thought for a minute that the judge would dismiss a case in which multiple people are accusing the same guy of molesting them. Hopefully, Sandusky will have a really bad day when all is said and done in this trial.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. flip

    It looks like KY time for Sandy.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. loyal viewer

    Every commentator seems to believe that connections to Penn State mean that the jurors are all football fans and, therefore, pro-Sandusky. Not so! In any university community there is always a LOT of resentment against atheletics. Faculty, students and staff all know of the favoritism and "improper perks" given to coaching staff and players. You can bet that lots of folks did not love Paterno or the football program; however, the pressure is often so great that they would be afraid to mention it–even in jury selection. Sandusky will get what's coming to him–a stiff sentence.

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

      Not as bad as the stiff sentence he gave to all his victims.

      June 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sunny

      I am a huge Penn State football fan currently attending grad school at Penn State and what other commentators have said are flat out stupid. There is not a single person that I have spoken to about the case (all Penn State students and huge football fans) that were pro-Sandusky. I am definitely not pro-Sandusky. Please get it out of your head that Penn State football fans are pro-Sandusky because you couldn't be further away from the truth.

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

    Blah blah blah. They have Sandusky dead to rights. I'm waiting for the formalities in this case to conclude so that Mrs. Sandusky and the others who knew but chose to coverup all have their day in court.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ELH

    Hung jury waiting to happen.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Aaron Chaney

    Romney vs Frankenstein (Obama)

    Put simply, better the devil you don't know. Vote Romney

    June 8, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ATLmatt

    Sandusky is a pervy creep. I hope he is found guilty and sentenced to the maximum.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kraut

    This motion is just a formality. But I don't recall why they didn't move the trial, this being almost exclusively a college town. In any event the outcome is hardly a slam dunk.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Robert

    A fail trial needs to be given here to make sure all the facts are confirmed, but when they find Sandusky guilty, I think they should hang him.

    June 8, 2012 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tebojockey

    The Motion to Dismiss, along with Motions in Limine are all rote juristic filings. They are rarely, if ever, successful. It's part of the process and it is always filed on the off-chance that the judge had a drop too many the night before and is in a good humor. I think what galls me the most about this whole thing is the ridiculous grin the Defendant keeps wearing. One would think he would be the most somber man on earth right now!

    June 8, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Brian K

    Jerry's probably sitting at home right now thinking "If only I would have been a priest"

    June 8, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
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