While it took 7 months and a number of court rulings to get the criminal trial of Jerry Sandusky underway, Senior Judge John Cleland appears determined to keep the trial moving forward. During the first two days of testimony, the judge has established a pattern of putting in full days and appears ready to recess the court only when testimony from a witness wraps up.
On day one of testimony, the Judge kept his jury instructions to under an hour and had both sides present their opening statements before a lunch break was taken. The afternoon of day one was filled with testimony from the first of eight accusers and a supporting witness.
Day two of testimony started on time with a second accuser being called to the witness stand. Only one short break was taken during the morning session of court which continued until after noon when the testimony of that witness was completed.
During his opening instruction to the jury on Monday, Judge Cleland said he expected the Sandusky trial to wrap up before the end of June. He appears determined to stick to a court schedule that will keep his goal in reach.