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February 15. 2013 8:11PM

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Jerry Sandusky wants more details about his accusers, saying Friday that prosecutors haven't given him enough to build a defense.

In court documents, Sandusky's attorney Joseph Amendola asked prosecutors to further explain the dates and times of the charges against him, the locations of his alleged crimes and the names of any potential bystanders.

Sandusky, a former Penn State football coach who founded the Second Mile youth charity, is charged with 52 counts of molesting children over the past two decades.

Responding to a judge's order, prosecutors supplied the first "bill of particulars" Thursday, listing the charges against the coach, rough time spans of the incidents and his accusers' ages. Saying some accusers were too young to remember details - the document lists victims as young as 8 - state attorneys didn't provide specific dates.

Without more information on the context of the alleged crimes, Amendola says his client can't verify alibis, determine if the statute of limitations has passed or pursue double jeopardy claims.

Judge John M. Cleland previously supported Sandusky's request for information. However, he agreed the prosecution had the right to withhold details of crimes and potential witnesses' names, saying that's a matter for later in the court process.

In response, Amendola tweaked his request Friday, asking for the identity of people "who were present at the location or in close proximity thereto (at the Defendant's home, etc.) when the alleged activity occurred." He also wants to know about special events surrounding the incidents, including football games.

Amendola could not be reached for comment.

Earlier this week, Cleland denied Sandusky's request for a July trial, scheduling opening arguments for May 14 instead. The former coach, who maintains his innocence, says he needs more time to sift through the evidence against him.

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