HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania judge Thursday gave convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky a hearing later this month to prove his claims that prosecutors lied, withheld evidence and leaked secret grand jury information to find additional victims.

Judge John Cleland said the May 20 hearing would “provide the defense with an opportunity to prove” claims as it seeks to have charges dismissed against the former Penn State assistant football coach or a new trial.

A major subject of the hearing will be a statement in the closing argument by prosecutor Joe McGettigan that referred to “others unknown to us, to others presently known to God but not to us.” Sandusky could try to show that McGettigan’s reference was a lie.

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