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LIVE COVERAGE: Sandusky Hearing Adjourns in Bellefonte; Judge Announces May 14 as Target Trial Date

on February 10, 2012 11:30 AM

UPDATE @ 4:20 p.m. Feb. 10: An updated, more thorough report from the hearing is posted on this page.

Earlier coverage is posted below.


UPDATE @ 11:30 a.m. Feb. 10: Judge Cleland has adjourned the hearing, which ran just more than an hour. He said he will rule soon on the matters raised today. He also said he's setting May 14 as a target date for a trial.

At one point in the hearing, Sandusky himself briefly took the stand -- for about five minutes. He answered questions specifically about the prosecution's request for an out-of-county jury. No prosecution arguments he heard today have swayed his opinion that an in-county jury would be acceptable, Sandusky said.

He offered short, often-one- or two-sentence answers to Cleland's procedure-related questions. At times, Sandusky smiled and laughed lightly. will post additional coverage shortly.


Initial report, posted @ 2:25 a.m. Feb. 10:

A hearing for two points of contention in the Jerry Sandusky criminal case is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in Bellefonte.

There, at the Centre County Courthouse, Judge John M. Cleland will hear a prosecution request for an out-of-county jury in the case. He also will hear a defense request for loosened bail conditions -- including an opportunity for Sandusky to visit with his grandchildren while he remains under house arrest. will be providing online coverage from Bellefonte. This page will be updated with blog-style entries. Immediate tweets from reporters and news sources covering the proceedings will appear in the "Cover It Live" feature here, embedded on the right side of this page.

Reporters Nate Mink and Adam Smeltz, both with, will be among those in the courtroom. They can be followed on Twitter directly at @MinkNate and @SCNewsDesk, respectively.

Related and earlier coverage is available via the page linked below.

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