Judge vows quick rulings on Sandusky bail proposal

MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press Published:

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) -- The judge overseeing Jerry Sandusky's child sex-abuse case promised quick rulings on several issues, including a request from the former Penn State assistant that he be able to see his grandchildren.

Judge John Cleland set a tentative trial date of May 14 for Sandusky on 52 criminal counts related to allegations of sexual contact involving 10 young boys.

He did not immediately rule on Sandusky's request to access to his grandchildren or a request from prosecutors seeking stricter limits on his movements.

Prosecutors say neighbors have complained about Sandusky watching children playing in a nearby schoolyard from his back deck.

The former Penn State assistant coach briefly took the stand to answer questions from Cleland about the prosecution request for an out-of-county jury. Sandusky said a Centre County jury would be no more or less biased against him than one from elsewhere in Pennsylvania.