Sandusky Appears In Court To Appeal Child Sex-Abuse Conviction

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The judge handling Jerry Sandusky’s appeal is ordering Pennsylvania’s attorney general 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. Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State University, returns to court on Thursday in his effort to get a new trial.

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. — Jerry Sandusky was led by police officers into the Centre County courthouse this morning, wearing an orange Centre County Correctional Facility jacket and making his first appearance back to the same courtroom where he learned his fate three years ago. Sandusky, 71, will seek to persuade Senior Judge John Cleland, who presided at the 2012 trial where the ex-coach was found guilty of sexually assaulting children, to allow him to take steps toward researching the competence of his lawyers and whether his rights were violated at trial. “Mr. 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.

Sandusky’s due process right to a fair trial was not only infringed, it was crushed under a stampede of vitriol, rage, and prejudice that mandate a new trial in this case,” wrote his lawyer, Alexander Lindsay, in court papers before the hearing in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. 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. 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. 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.”

Sandusky will seek permission on Thursday to research people connected to his case, including former state Attorney General Tom Corbett and Sara Ganim, the Harrisburg Patriot-News reporter who broke the Sandusky story in 2011 and won a Pulitzer Prize. Sandusky was asked on his way into the courthouse how life in prison is going and he shrugged his shoulders, raised his handcuffed hands and was led inside.

His lawyer contends Ganim wrote her story with illegally leaked grand jury information and that it kept the Sandusky investigation alive by prompting more alleged victims to come forward.

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