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Judge rules Sandusky trial to begin on June 5

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Monday, May 21, 2012, 11:12 a.m.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will stand trial June 5 in Centre County as scheduled on 52 counts of alleged child sexual abuse, visiting Senior Judge John Cleland ruled Monday.

"Motion is denied," Cleland wrote, rejecting a second defense request for a delay in the start of the trial.

The judge provided no further explanation for his decision, one of several rulings issued Monday:

• Prosecutors must reply by Friday to defense arguments that charges should be dismissed because the prosecution did not provide enough specifics in the criminal complaint and to a defense writ of habeas corpus demanding prosecutors provide proof to justify Sandusky's detention on the charges.

• Defense attorneys must by Friday supply prosecutors with a list of expert witnesses it intends to call and any reports prepared by those witnesses. If an expert witness' report is not complete, the defense must provide prosecutors with at least a summary of the expert's intended testimony, conclusions and basis for those conclusions.

• Prosecutors have until May 30 to provide the defense with a written statement of alleged evidence of misconduct by Sandusky for which he has not been charged.

• A pretrial hearing was set for May 30 to resolve any outstanding legal issues pending before trial.

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