Prosecutors ask for out-of-county jury in Sandusky case

Jerry Sandusky was charged in November with sexually abusing young boys over a 14-year period.

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  • They cite the publicity around the case and the relationship residents have with Penn State
  • Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is accused of child sex abuse
  • Prosecutors do not want the location of the trial to change; defense wants local jurors
Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case asked Tuesday that jurors be selected from another county besides Centre County, Pennsylvania.
In their motion, they cited the "spectacular" publicity around the upcoming trial and the "unique" relationship residents there have with Penn State.
Sandusky was charged in November with sexually abusing young boys over a 14-year period. The former Penn State assistant football coach has denied the charges and was released on $100,000 bail.
"The relationship of Penn State University to the community which surrounds and supports it is special. ... To ask members of that community to break down that alloy and insulate themselves from the institution which informs so many aspects of their lives is asking too much. It is unfair and impracticable," prosecutors wrote in their motion.
They did not ask, nor do they want, the location of the actual trial to change. They argued that holding the trial outside Centre County would be improper as well as "logistically impractical."
Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, released a statement in response to the motion, arguing in favor of a local jury.
"Jerry's case has drawn national attention as a result of which we feel there's no better place than Centre County from which to select fair minded individuals to sit as jurors in Jerry's case," he said.
"While we have not yet had an opportunity to review the reasons set forth by the Attorney General as to why that Office has filed a motion with the Court asking that a jury panel from outside Centre County be brought into our Courthouse for jury selection, we are very disappointed with the Attorney General's decision to do so," Amendola wrote.
The change of venire motion was filed by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office in the Centre County Court of Common Pleas.