Judge won’t make immediate ruling after Sandusky hearing

    Judge John M. Cleland will rule on two pre-trial issues at a later date, following Friday’s hearing in the pending trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

    Sandusky appeared in Centre County court this morning. The former coach is charged with multiple counts of child sex abuse.

    The Patriot-News reports Judge Cleland will rule on two issues: where the jury pool comes from and whether the guidelines of Sandusky’s bail will be changed.

    According to The Patriot-News, prosecutors want to bring in an out-of-county jury for the trial because they believe potential emotional ties to Penn State are too great. Sandusky has also asked the terms of his house arrest be modified to allow him to visit his grandchildren, according to The Patriot-News.

    After the hearing, Sandusky told reporters he doesn’t understand why his friends and neighbors have turned on him.

    NBC10 was there for the statement from the former Penn State coach outside of the courthouse, where he told a group of people “now I can’t take my dog out on the deck and throw out biscuits to him.” NBC10 reports the comment refers to recent reports by neighbors and officials from a nearby school of Sandusky allegedly watching children from the deck of his home.

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