Jerry Sandusky‘s trial, set for May 14, is going to be here before we know it. In the meantime, the constant pretrial motions are just part of the game.
Last week, the judge presiding over Sandusky’s case — the former Penn State defensive coordinator is facing over 50 counts of child-sex abuse — denied a motion requesting a delay in trial to some time in mid-July. The judge did, however, give prosecutors one week to turn over information from witnesses identified in investigative materials to Sandusky’s lawyers.
The defense had asked for more information from prosecutors, in addition to the delay, to assist in Sandusky’s defense. Some of that information was handed over late last week, but a motion filed Monday by the Pennsylvania state attorney general’s office argued that Sandusky and his lawyers should not be provided with other materials.
From the Associated Press report:
The 15-page response by state prosecutors said the former Penn State assistant football coach has no right through the court discovery process to records that consist of grand jury matters, pertain to ongoing investigations or amount to private personal information.
They also said Sandusky should not get psychological evaluations regarding purported victims or juvenile arrest records for someone who isn’t a “charged victim.”
“The prosecution is not required to turn over every piece of evidence which might possibly assist the preparation of the defense,” wrote senior deputy attorney general Jonelle H. Eshbach. The document was dated last Wednesday but docketed by Centre County court officials on Monday.
Each side is trying to get information while withholding as much as they can from the other. Filing motions; exchanging documents; hearings and appeals… it’s all a chess match.
Sandusky’s trial begins in a little over two months, but investigations into the allegations of sexual abuse currently extend to two other states and involve both state and federal authorities.