(LOS ANGELES TIMES) — The judge presiding over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case set a tentative trial date of May 14 and said he will rule quickly on several pending issues raised in a pretrial hearing on Friday.
Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach accused of sexual contact with 10 boys over a 15-year period, briefly spoke at the proceeding, saying a jury from within Centre County (where he lives) would be no more biased than one from outside the county. The prosecution is seeking a jury from outside, arguing that it would minimize the effects of publicity in the case.
Already the case and the surrounding onslaught of publicity have led to the firing of Penn State head coach Joe Paterno and the school president. Paterno died Jan. 22 at age 85. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer in November, just days after his dismissal.