Judge Expects Speedy Trial

Judge John Cleland

Cleland tells jury pool he expects the Sandusky proceedings to be complete by the end of June. Along those lines, jury selection wrapped up in less than two days. Many of the jurors have ties to Penn State.

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The judge in the Jerry Sandusky trial set a more precise timeline for the proceedings Wednesday.

On the second day of jury selection for the trial of the former Penn State assistant football coach accused of child sex abuse, Judge John Cleland told prospective jurors that he intends to begin hearing arguments Monday.

According to a pool reporter inside the Centre County Courthouse, Cleland also told the prospective jurors that he believes the trial will last three weeks at longest and will be complete by the last day of June.

He did this while asking the citizens if the length of the trial would cause any undo hardship on them should they be selected as jurors.

The pace of the actual jury selection indicated Cleland intends to keep to a tight schedule for the trial. It took less than two days for 12 jurors and four alternates to be selected — nine people were chosen Tuesday and seven more Wednesday.

The 12 jurors include seven women and five men. The alternates include three women and one man. Eight of the jurors and two of the alternates have some sort of tie to Penn State.

Also Wednesday, defense attorney Joe Amendola requested a continuance of the trial after media reports surfaced that so-called "Victim 4" would testify that Sandusky sent him "love letters." In a meeting before prospective jurors were seated, Amendola told Cleland he felt the reports were an indication that a gag order for trial participants had been violated.

According to a pool reporter, Cleland denied the request, saying, "I have asked the jury repeatedly not to watch any newscasts."

Sandusky was in the courtroom again Wednesday. According to a pool reporter, he looked somber and hunched over at the defense table in the morning, and occasionally glanced over at prospective jurors.

On the way out of the courthouse, Sandusky was asked what he thought of the jury. He simply shrugged as he walked to Amendola's car.


Sandusky (center) shrugs on the way out of court.

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