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Sandusky Trial: Judge Axes Defense's Attempt to Have Charges Dismissed

by on June 08, 2012 11:47 AM

Jerry Sandusky will go to trial on 52 counts in a child sex abuse case.

Of course, this has been known for a while. But the judge presiding over the case axed on Friday the defense's motion to have some of the charges dismissed.

Sandusky’s trial starts Monday.

He had previously asked for all the charges to be dismissed on the grounds that some were not specific enough, and his defense did not have enough details to build a case.

Charges relating to alleged victim Nos. 2 and 8, two men who have not been identified by the defense or prosecution, are also still in play, Judge John Cleland said.

Alleged victim No. 2 is the boy Mike McQueary saw in the shower with Sandusky in 2001. Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, argued that McQueary’s testimony alone could not be sufficient.

In the case of alleged victim No. 8, the only eyewitness, the grand jury presentment indicates, was a janitor named Jim Calhoun who currently suffers from dementia and is unable to testify. Amendola argued all other testimony would be hearsay.

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