Sandusky defense gets OK on some probation and parole records of accusers

State College - Centre Daily TimesMay 18, 2012 

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Joe Amendola, the attorney for Jerry Sandusky, fields questions from the media outside the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte, Pa., after a hearing, Friday, February 10, 2012. Centre Daily Times/Nabil K. Mark

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Jerry Sandusky’s attorney was given approval this week to get access to some documents in the Centre County Office of Probation and Parole juvenile file for one of the alleged victims.

Centre County President Judge Thomas King Kistler authorized the release Tuesday, and the approval was filed in court Thursday.

Probation and Parole received a subpoena for the records from defense attorney Joe Amendola on April 9.

The defense can get police reports, court orders, social case histories that aren’t privileged, supervision plans, and conditions of in-home detention.

But Kistler said school records such as psychological evaluations and behavior reports, drug and alcohol treatment reports, and internal notes written by staff of Probation and Parole won’t be released.

Also Thursday, Amendola filed a brief citing case law to support motions he filed on Wednesday to throw out the case.

He’s arguing that some of the charges are too vague and there’s not enough evidence for other charges.

He’s argued the charges related to the shower incident in 2001 can’t stand alone on Mike McQueary’s testimony and that the prosecution can’t show anything sexual happened between Sandusky and the boy in 1998.

Amendola reiterated his request for a continuance filed last week that Senior Judge John Cleland has yet to rule on.

The trial is scheduled to start June 5 with jury selection.

Mike Dawson can be reached at 231-4616. Follow him on Twitter @MikeDawsonCDT

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