Pa. judge nixes Sandusky request for 2-month delay

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The judge in Jerry Sandusky's 52-count child sex abuse case is rejecting a defense attorney's request for a two-month delay in the start of the Pennsylvania trial.

Judge John Cleland issued an order Wednesday that said pushing back the trial will only be done as a last resort and will require concrete reasons to justify it.

Cleland is giving Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola three extra weeks to file a catch-all pretrial motion that had been due Thursday.

The 68-year-old Sandusky denies allegations he engaged in sexual misconduct involving 10 boys over 15 years. He's confined to his home while awaiting trial, which is expected to start in mid-May.

Sandusky is the former longtime defensive coordinator at Penn State. He founded a charity for children where prosecutors say he found victims.