Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Judge denies Jerry Sandusky request to dismiss charges

Judge John M. Cleland arrives at the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pa., Wednesday, June 6, 2012, for the second day of jury selection of the Jerry Sandusky trial.  Sandusky is a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing children. Nabil K. Mark
Judge John M. Cleland arrives at the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pa., Wednesday, June 6, 2012, for the second day of jury selection of the Jerry Sandusky trial. Sandusky is a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing children. Nabil K. Mark Centre Daily Times

Three days before opening statements start in Jerry Sandusky’s trial, the judge in the case turned down motions by the defendant to toss the charges.

Senior Judge John Cleland issued an order Friday denying motions to dismiss some of the charges and rejecting the defendant’s argument that there isn’t enough evidence for the case to continue.

Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola had filed the motions asking Cleland to dismiss some of the specific counts against Sandusky regarding alleged victims 9 and 10 and alleged victims 1, 3 and 7.

Amendola also filed a writ of habeas corpus — essentially arguing there wasn’t enough evidence to support the charges.

Cleland’s brief order denies that petition as well. It offers no explanation of the decision.

The motions were what’s known as in limine. Attorneys may file the motions before trial, and if they’re denied, it could provide grounds for appeal later.

In this case, Amendola had asked Cleland to throw out a number of counts involving different alleged victims, including counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and unlawful contact with minors.

Opening arguments in the case against the former Penn State football coach are scheduled to start Monday morning. More than 300 media representatives have registered with Centre County to cover the trial.

Cleland has said the trial could be finished by the end of the month.

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