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SIDES REST IN 2 1/2-YEAR-OLD MOLESTATION TRIAL

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After $15 million spent, 124 witnesses and more than 1,000 pieces of evidence, both sides have rested in the 2 1/2-year-old McMartin Pre-School molestation trial, the longest criminal proceeding in U.S. history.

Superior Court Judge William Pounders, who often expressed fear the 6-year-old case would end in a mistrial, scheduled closing arguments to begin Oct. 12. He said the jury should get the case by Nov. 1.Seven teachers at the once prestigious and now-defunct preschool in Manhattan Beach were arrested and charged with 207 separate counts. Prosecutors alleged hundreds of children had been molested during a five-year period.