AG requests out-of-county jury for Sandusky trial

A motion filed Tuesday by the attorney general

Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State prosecutors are asking the judge in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case to bring in a jury from another county, saying it's needed because of pretrial publicity and the prominent role Penn State plays in its local community.

A motion filed Tuesday by the attorney general's office said coverage of the former coach's arrest on child sex-abuse charges has been "spectacular in its breadth and intensity."

Prosecutors say it wouldn't be fair or practical to ask people in Centre County to "insulate themselves" from Penn State, where Sandusky coached football for decades.

The motion asserts an association between the university and community that isn't compatible with jury service in the case.

Sandusky denies the allegations he abused 10 boys over 15 years.

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