Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Judge in Sandusky case sets forth timeline for pre-trial motions

The judge presiding over the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial has issued an order laying out a timetable for pretrial discovery and the filing of pre-trial motions in the case.

Sandusky is facing 50 counts alleging that he sexually abused 10 boys over a 15-year period. He was scheduled to be formally arraigned today in Centre County Court, but waived his right to the arraignment in December when he waived his preliminary hearing.

The order, issued Tuesday by Senior Judge John M. Cleland, requires prosecutors to provide informal discovery — information about evidence it’s gathered — to the defense by Monday. It also requires that any motions for pretrial discovery be filed before Feb. 6.

Any motions for change of venue or venire must be filed by Feb. 1, with any response filed before Feb. 8.

Sandusky’s attorney, Joseph Amendola, has indicated several times that he does not intend to seek a change of venue for the trial.

Other omnibus pretrial motions, according to Cleland’s order, must be filed with the court by March 1, and any responses are due a week later. 

The next scheduled court appearance in the case is a pre-trial conference scheduled for 1 p.m. on March 22. Any hearing or argument needed to resolve any omnibus pretrial motions will be held at 9 a.m. April 5, according to Cleland’s order.