Jerry Sandusky Scandal

State asks for out-of-county jury in Sandusky trial

The state Attorney General has asked the judge overseeing the Jerry Sandusky trial to bring in a jury from outside of Centre County to hear the case.

Prosecutors filed the motion for what's known as a change of venire today.

"Here, the complete saturation of the Centre County community by coverage of this matter and, indeed, the unique nature of that community itself, requires that the jury be selected from another county," reads the motion filed by Joseph McGettigan, senior deputy attorney general.

McGettigan's motion does not ask for a change of venue — moving the trial itself. The motion says that would be "logistically impractical" for witnesses.

"Second, it is proper and desirable that Centre County be the site of justice in this matter," the motion says.

Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, said this afternoon that he hadn’t had a chance to review the reasons for the attorney general’s filing. But, he thinks a “fair and impartial jury” could be selected from Centre County residents and was “very disappointed” with the filing.

“Jerry's case has drawn national attention as a result of which we feel there's no better place than Centre County from which to select fair-minded individuals to sit as jurors in Jerry's case,” Amendola said in an email. “We will vehemently oppose the Commonwealth's Motion for a change of venire.”

Sandusky is facing 52 counts stemming from allegations that he sexually abused 10 boys. The former Penn State football coach is currently out on bail and under house arrest.

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