Former Penn State administrator Gary Schultz filed a motion to push back the date of his impending trial in January on Wednesday, and the court is now requiring the prosecution to respond, according to court documents filed Friday afternoon.
The request rides on the defense’s argument for lack of preparation time and an inability to adequately “read, absorb, and analyze” the thousands of documents and information provided to them in the past months, according to court documents.
Now, three days after the filing, presiding Judge Todd A. Hoover is requesting a response from the prosecution team -- better known as the Commonwealth -- for its arguments on why the case should or should not go to trial Jan. 7, according to court documents.
In the past weeks and months, the attorneys for Gary Schultz and Tim Curley have filed numerous requests to delay the trial, as well as throw out all charges against the two former administrators.
The motions aren't over, either, according to court documents signed by Schultz’s attorney, Thomas Farrell. The court documents indicate that the defense plans to file more motions before Oct. 30, including the motion to remove the grand jury testimony from trial and to address the “horrendous pre-trial publicity” associated with the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case.
Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of sexual abuse in late June and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison earlier this month.
Curley and Schultz have both maintained their innocence through their attorneys, Caroline Roberto and Farrell, respectively.
Read Monday’s edition of The Daily Collegian for more details