Sandusky lawyer wants delay in trial

May 9, 2012 at 1:54 PM
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., May 9 (UPI) -- A lawyer for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky said Wednesday he may not be ready in time for a June 5 trial date.

Joe Amendola said he is still getting discovery materials because the prosecution investigation is not complete, The (State College) Centre Daily Times reported. He also said he is still waiting for cell phone service providers to respond to subpoenas seeking records of the alleged victims.

Senior Judge John Cleland has already delayed the trial once, from mid-May to June 5.

Sandusky, a Penn State alumnus who had been coaching there since 1969, was charged last year with molesting boys he met through his children's charity, The Second Mile. Two university administrators face charges of lying to a grand jury, and Joe Paterno, the university's revered longtime football coach, was forced into retirement shortly before his death.

The attorney for former Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary filed a writ of summons Tuesday for an employment dispute, notifying the university McQueary plans to sue his former school and employer, The Centre Daily Times reported.

The document indicated McQueary intends to seek damages beyond normal arbitration limits.

McQueary testified in December he sawSandusky in an "extremely sexual" position with a young boy in a Penn State shower room on Feb. 9, 2001, not March 1, 2002, as previously alleged. He said he didn't see any sexual act, but that he thought Sandusky was molesting the boy.

The Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal counts related to alleged sexual abuse of 10 victims during a 15-year period, some on the school's campus. His trial begins next month.

Sandusky pleaded not guilty to the charges.

McQueary said he reported the incident the following day to former head football coach Joe Paterno, who reported it to his superior, then-Athletic Director Tim Curley.

McQueary was placed on administrative leave and is still on the payroll, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, has said Sandusky remembers the incident but that it wasn't sexual.

Through February, Penn State reported it spent $7.5 million in legal fees, consultants and public relations firms because of the scandal, the Post-Gazette said. The bulk of the fees -- $5,348,238 -- were for the internal investigation and crisis communication. More than $1.2 million more was spent on legal services and defense.

The university has said it won't use tuition, taxpayer funds or donor money for scandal-related costs.

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