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20 PSU Students Face Trial for Paterno Riots

Penn State students who rioted about the firing of former coach Joe Paterno are being bound over for trial

Thursday, Jan 12, 2012  |  Updated 10:55 AM EDT
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20 PSU Students Face Trial for Riots

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NOVEMBER 9: Students and those in the community fill the streets and react after football head coach Joe Paterno was fired during the Penn State Board of Trustees Press Conference, in downtown Penn State, November 9, 2011 in State College, Pa.

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Twenty Penn State students face trial on charges stemming from the riot that broke out after the ouster of football coach Joe Paterno amid a child sex-abuse scandal involving a former Paterno assistant.

The Centre Daily Times reports all but one student waived preliminary hearings Wednesday before a Centre County district judge but that student was also bound over for trial.

Two of the students who waived hearings face felony rioting charges in connection with the overturning of a television news van in the hours after university officials fired Paterno and forced the resignation of school President Graham Spanier following the arrest of former football assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Police have charged a total of 45 people in connection with the demonstrations.
 
   
 

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