HARRISBURG — Jerry Sandusky's lawyer is defending the use of defense subpoenas and asking a judge to order prosecutors to provide more documents and other information as he prepares for trial on child-sexual-abuse charges.

Sandusky's attorney, Joseph Amendola, made a pair of legal filings Thursday, one in response to attacks by the Attorney General's Office and others to defense subpoenas. The other is a "motion to compel" that asks Judge John Cleland to order the release of prosecution materials "forthwith."

Amendola's response to the prosecution's bid to have the subpoenas thrown out says the Attorney General's Office doesn't have legal standing to get involved in his effort to seek materials and information from third parties.

He says the material he is asking for is critical to the defense's preparation.