Judge in Jerry Sandusky case orders info on possible leaks revealed

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Jerry Sandusky due in court in child sex-abuse conviction appeal.

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The judge handling convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky’s appeal ordered Pennsylvania’s attorney general on Thursday to provide him and the former Penn State assistant football coach’s lawyers any information she might have about possible leaks in the case by state prosecutors and a grand jury judge.STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (KDKA) — Penn State has had two head football coaches since Joe Paterno died during the scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky that turned things upside down at State College.

Judge John Cleland gave Attorney General Kathleen Kane one week to provide, under seal, information about “who, what, when and how this information was released.” The order, made at the end of a long-scheduled hearing into Sandusky’s request for subpoena authority for the post-conviction appeal, came a day after Kane released emails in which the grand jury judge told Philadelphia Inquirer reporters that he was considering giving them a sealed document about Kane’s effort to remove him from supervising the jury. — Jerry Sandusky was led by police officers into the Centre County courthouse Thursday morning, wearing a red prison jacket and making his first appearance back to the same courtroom where he learned his fate three years ago.

Cleland said that if he determines Kane has not complied with his order, she will have to appear before him in a closed-door hearing in Harrisburg on Nov. 5. The hearing Thursday in a Centre County courtroom near State College concerns whether Sandusky’s lawyers can be allowed to subpoena witnesses and get access to emails between prosecutors and judges.

At the 30-minute hearing, Sandusky’s attorney asked for a new trial, contending that the Attorney General’s office leaked grand jury testimony that compromised the high-profile investigation. In court filings the prosecution argues: “Subpoenas… for deposition testimony… clearly evidences [Sandusky’s] concern that he has failed to generate the existence of any genuine issues of material fact.” Since then, attorneys claiming to represent Victim 2 released voicemails claiming that Sandusky was trying to influence the alleged victim just before he was charged in 2011. Sandusky, who attended the hearing wearing prison attire, was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence.

Many were not students there during the height of the scandal. “I don’t think people talk about it much really anymore,” said Penn a State student Adam Capuana. “I haven’t heard anyone talk about it, personally.” He lost a previous round of appeals and is currently fighting the charges under the state’s Post Conviction Relief Act, which is relatively narrow in scope. Lindsay said he wanted to get a sworn statement from a young man he said is the person referred to in court documents as Victim 2, although he did not testify at Sandusky’s trial. The person Lindsay wants to interview has collected a settlement from Penn State over the matter. “It’s one thing to say, ‘I want discovery to get documents I know exist,'” Cleland told him. “It’s another thing to say, ‘I want discovery to find out whether documents exist.'”

More than two dozen supporters of Sandusky appeared in the courthouse Thursday with blue and white “Justice for Jerry” buttons fixed to their sweaters. His wife, Dottie, sat in the front row and Sandusky turned around in his red Centre County Correctional facility jumpsuit and blew her a kiss and put his hand over his heart on his way out of the courtroom. Anderson, who coached with Sandusky, filed a suit in Philadelphia earlier this month against Penn State, claiming the university owes him six months of wages and benefits.

Sandusky’s attorney made it clear during the hearing that he is also looking to subpoena Victim 2, who was the boy spotted in the Lasch Football Building shower with Sandusky and witnessed by Mike McQueary. Sandusky was found not guilty of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with this victim, but was found guilty of other charges, including indecent assault, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children. “This particular witness is crucial because he’s the witness that contradicts Mr.

Lindsay said. “McQueary is the Christmas tree for which all these ornaments are hung in this case.” Outside the courthouse, John Ziegler, a documentary filmmaker working on a documentary in defense of the late Joe Paterno, appeared with the group of Sandusky supporters, who shook their heads left to right when asked if any of them ever met Sandusky. Ziegler, who runs the website FramingPaterno.com, said he’s not a conspiracy theorist. “Once Joe Paterno was fired, the presumption of innocence is gone,” Mr.

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