Today in Bellefonte, Penn., the media hoping to cover the Jerry Sandusky preliminary hearing got a taste of one of the more frustrating aspects of the legal world: the non-event, i.e., the highly-anticipated important event that doesn't actually happen. As a practicing lawyer, I remember numerous occasions where I would do something along the lines of: Prepare for days or longer for "important hearing;" Fly from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco on day before "important hearing," check into hotel room; Wake up early, further prepare, meet client, and arrive at courthouse for "important hearing"; Attend and participate in "important hearing," which unexpectedly turns out to be limited to trivial issues and lasts 10 minutes, postponed to a later date or simply canceled altogether. Fly from San Francisco back to Washington, D.C., shaking head and wondering, "what just happened?!" On Monday, media from around the country and perhaps the world descended on the tiny town of Bellefonte, Penn., in anticipation of the preliminary hearing in Sandusky's child molestation case. Many of his accusers were slated to confront Sandusky in this hearing with testimony about the abuse to which he allegedly subjected them. As Deadspin wrote Monday, the downtown area of the...

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