Sandusky argues for local jurors, suggests delay

Jerry Sandusky, left, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, arrives with his wife, Dottie Sandusky, for a preliminary hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., where he will face his accusers Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

February 8, 2012 10:46:39 AM PST
Jerry Sandusky wants jurors in his child sex-abuse trial to be chosen from the community where he lives and is suggesting a trial delay may be the best way to address the intense publicity generated by the case.

Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola filed court documents Wednesday opposing a request by the state attorney general's office to bring in out-of-county jurors.

Amendola says publicity about the former Penn State assistant football coach's case has been so pervasive that jurors from other counties will also have been saturated with news coverage.

He says there's no better place than Centre County to pick jurors for Sandusky's trial. A message seeking comment from prosecutors wasn't immediately returned.

Sandusky is accused of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year span. He denies the allegations.