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Sandusky Wants Charges Drops, Cites Statute Of Limitations

03/23/2012 06:52 AM ET

Jerry Sandusky asked a judge Thursday to throw out the criminal charges against him in a filing that argued some counts were not specific enough, evidence was lacking in others and the statute of limitations may have run out for eight of the 10 alleged victims.

The catch-all pretrial motion also sought to delay the May 14 start of his trial on child sexual abuse allegations, saying more time was needed to prepare a defense.

The omnibus pretrial motion, as it is called, is standard in Pennsylvania criminal cases, and will likely prompt a response by prosecutors, after which Judge John Cleland could order oral argument to hash out any remaining disputes.

A message seeking comment was left for a spokesman at the state attorney general’s office.

Sandusky is confined to his home in State College while awaiting trial, and has denied the allegations against him. He is accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, including sexual assaults.

The case against the 68-year-old former defensive coordinator led to the firing of distinguished head football coach Joe Paterno, who Penn State administrators said did not do enough once he learned about part of the allegations, and also spawned criminal charges against two school officials.

Sandusky defense attorney Joe Amendola asked Cleland to compel prosecutors to disclose the nature, times and locations of “any criminal offenses or acts of misconduct,” beyond those for which he’s been charged, if they plan to introduce them at trial.

Amendola wants to be able to question prospective jurors individually, and jurors should be sequestered at trial because the case has received extensive publicity.

The filing argues that a June search of Sandusky’s home in State College was illegal, and seeks to prevent prosecutors from using the material at trial.

A similar suppression motion was filed regarding conversations between Sandusky and two alleged victims, identified as Victim 1 and Victim 9 in court records.

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