Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky case have already provided the defense with a "bill of particulars" that outlines a specific list of the allegations, including dates and locations. Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, was back in front of a judge today to argue that he still needs even more detail to help prepare his defense in time for the trial, which is scheduled to begin May 14. And if that demand is not met, Amendola told the judge, a motion would be filed to request that the case be dismissed:
"I remember my first day of school. My first day of high school. My first Phillies game. We're dealing with kids at least 7, 8 and 9, in most cases in their teens. All we are asking is (for prosecutors) to go back to these accusers and say, ‘You went to football games - which ones?' Give us at least something that we could check."
Judge John Cleland indicated during the hearing that there is precedent for cases being dismissed when the time frames provided by alleged victims is too broad. But prosecutor Joseph E. McGettigan III argued that because many of the alleged victims said they were abused so often over such an extended period of time—and with Sandusky encouraging them to forget what happened—that it's often difficult to pin down specific dates. Amendola then tried to argue that not providing that information is "unfair to Mr. Sandusky's right to a fair defense" before making the point again outside the courthouse. McGettigan countered by saying Amendola had the opportunity to cross examine the alleged victims at December's preliminary hearing, but instead he chose to waive that right and make his case that day in front of the media. Judge Cleland did not make a ruling today.