While Sandusky himself was not present, attorneys for both sides argued whether some charges related to alleged victims 2, 6 and 8 should be dropped because of a lack of evidence or hearsay. The judge didn't make any rulings and didn't give a timeline for giving an order. Both sides are meeting in chambers to go over more pre-trial issues.
Judge John Cleland also denied another request to delay the June 5 start of Sandusky's child sex-abuse trial.
Judge Cleland said starting jury selection next Tuesday would, on balance, protect Sandusky's right to a fair trial, the alleged victims' rights to their day in court, the state's obligation to prosecute promptly and the public's expectation of a swift proceeding.
The former Penn State assistant coach was charged in November and December with a total of 52 counts involving 10 boys he allegedly abused between 1994 and 2008.
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RECAP OF TIMELINE FOR MAY 30TH PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE:
1:23 pm --- Prosecution, defense and judge have arrived for hearing.
1:50pm --- Joe Amendola is arguing that some charges should be dropped in regards to accusers 2, 6 and 8 because of either a lack of evidence or because of possible hearsay testimony. Judge John Cleland appears to believe that if there is insufficient evidence this should be decided by the jury.
2:05pm --- Prosecution believes that hearsay could be enough to lead to a conviction, in regards to whether some charges should be dismissed. On Accuser 8, prosecution says evidence will be presented showing abuse by Jerry Sandusky on Accuser 8. In Accuser 8's case a janitor who's unable to physically testify allegedly informed another janitor of abuse by Sandusky. Judge Cleland says more evidence than hearsay testimony needs to be given.
2:11pm --- Possibly the final pre-trial hearing in the Jerry Sandusky case has concluded. Attorneys for both sides argued whether some charges related to alleged victims 2, 6 and 8 should be dropped because of a lack of evidence or hearsay. The judge didn't make any rulings and didn't give a timeline for giving an order. Both sides will meet in chambers to go over more pre-trial issues.