Sandusky's defense sought to delay jury selection in the trial -- scheduled to
begin on May 14 -- until mid-July.
But Judge John M. Cleland denied the request despite it going unopposed by the
He wrote that 'postponement of a trial should be the last resort, and granted
only after all other attempts to remedy the impediments to the conduct of a
prompt trial have been exhausted.'
The trial date was set in January and the court has worked backwards from it
to establish other scheduling deadlines. The defense sought a delay to have
more time to locate and interview witnesses, issue subpoenas, hire experts and
accommodate witnesses who won't be available to testify in May.
But Cleland said there is no assurance that delaying the trial will only raise
other issues that would require further postponements.
'Delay has a way of begetting delay,' he wrote.
Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator, is charged with 52
counts of felony and misdemeanor sexual offenses against children. He has
denied the charges.
Cleland granted a request by the defense for more time to file an omnibus
pretrial motion that was due Thursday. The defense will have until March 22.