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Jerry Sandusky judge denies accusers’ bid for pseudonyms

Updated: June 4, 2012 9:43AM

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The judge in Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse case says the alleged victims can’t avoid disclosure of their names by testifying under pseudonyms. He also is banning tweets and other electronic communications from inside the courtroom.

Judge John Cleland made those rulings and resolved a dispute over jury selection on Monday, a day before proceedings are scheduled to start in central Pennsylvania.

The former Penn State assistant football coach faces 52 charges he abused 10 boys over 15 years, allegations he denies.

Cleland is denying a request by Sandusky’s lawyer to order prosecutors to turn over information they collected about potential jurors. He says there isn’t enough evidence to warrant a hearing on the matter, and notes that prosecutors say they’re only doing what a diligent defense attorney would do.

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