NBCPhiladelphia.com - Lu Ann Cahn
House arrest will be one of the issues discussed at Jerry Sandusky's hearing Friday. Prosecutors claim that parents and neighbors are worried that he has been watching children from his back porch.
It may be until the fall before Jerry Sandusky goes to trial to face charges of molesting 10 young boys over 15 years. In the meantime attorneys are arguing over the jury and conditions of Sandusky’s home arrest. Who knows what else will come up during Friday’s hearing in Bellefonte.
State prosecutors have filed motions asking the judge for a change of venire. It means they want a jury brought in from outside of Centre County. The state argues that it’s such a small, connected community, the only way to get a fair and impartial jury is to bring one in from another part of the state.
Sandusky’s attorney filed a response saying jurors from the local community are uniquely qualified to hear the case. Joe Amendola will also try to convince the court to delay the trial. He says it’s to let the story die down in the press.
The other issue that’s been making big headlines this week is that prosecutors are trying to convince the judge to restrict Sandusky to the inside of his house. The former Penn State coach has been under house arrest with electronic monitoring since November. Prosecutors claim parents and teachers are alarmed he’s been on his back porch watching kids on the playground. The Sandusky property borders an open field and school play yard.
Sandusky’s attorney has responded by demanding proof that there are really complaints and assured the court there is no risk or danger. Amendola is also requesting secret grand jury documents revealing more about Sandusky’s young accusers and wants the court to give Sandusky permission to see his young grandchildren.
Who knows what other surprises are in store for the Friday hearing. The last time Sandusky was in court, he decided to waive a preliminary hearing at the last minute instead of hearing testimony from victims.
Sandusky has always maintained his innocence and his attorney says there has been no discussion of a plea deal.