UPDATED 2/29 @ 5:45 p.m. ET: The motion filed by Sandusky and his lawyers to have his trial pushed back to mid-July has been denied, according to Sara Ganim of the Patriot-News.
The motion, filed Monday, asked for more time so that the defense could locate and interview witnesses before the trial, which is still headed for a May 14 date.
“Delay has a way of begetting delay,” Judge John Cleland wrote in an order on Tuesday. “Therefore the postponement of a trial should be the last resort, and granted only after all other attempts to remedy the impediments to the conduct of a prompt trial have been exhausted.”
The order also gave prosecutors one week to turn over addresses and phone numbers of witnesses identified in investigative materials to Sandusky’s lawyers.
Harvey Updyke isn’t the only one requesting a delay in his trial, but former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is facing a far more complex and disturbing case.
Sandusky, who is facing over 50 counts of child-sex charges, filed a motion through his lawyer, Joe Amendola, to delay the start of his trial until mid-July. Sandusky’s trial has been tentatively set for May 14.
The motion, filed Monday, says Sandusky and his defense representatives “needs more time to contact and interview witnesses, subpoena records and hire experts,” according to the Associated Press.
Sandusky was arrested late last year as two grand jury testimonies compiled 10 alleged victims who claim Sandusky sexually abused them as far back as the 1990’s. Since his arrest, Sandusky has been on house arrest, but bail restrictions have been modified to allow Sandusky to see his grandchildren, visit with approved friends and leave his home to work on his case.
The Sandusky scandal at Penn State is now under investigation at the state and federal level.