BELLEFONTE, CENTRE COUNTY—Everyone in Centre County is preparing for former Penn State Football Defensive Coach Jerry Sandusky's preliminary hearing on child sexual assault charges on Tuesday morning. He is accused of sexually assaulting 10 victims over a period of 15 years. The hearing is standard step in the Pennsylvania court system that will give the prosecution a chance to present enought evidence to persaude the judge to send the case to trial.
The Bellefonte community is obviously getting a lot of attention it normally would not receive. Restaurant owners passed out fliers to members of the media who will be staying for the next couple of days. Local residents took some pictures of their own of all the media and its convoy of satellite trucks lined up. Several streets in front of the courthouse were closed to traffic to accomdate the news trucks.
Devan Worrick, Bellefonte resident: "It's crazy I really don't know what to think about it. There's just so much attention Bellefonte's not used to it.
"Media attention around here is great, it's good for the economy I just wish it was for a better reason." said Josh Wilkins
Up until late Monday after, the court rules for the media were very strict. Members of the media were not allowed to use any electronic communication, that included Tweets, text messages or email. But at the request of a number of new organizations, presiding Senior Judge John Cleland amended his order to allow only credentialed news media to use electronic communication. He also stipulated that any reporter who left the courtroom for any reason would not be allowed back in until there is a recess or break in the preceedings. Also a long standing rule against cameras in the courtroom will remain in effect.