Judge sets December hearing to address Sandusky motions

mcarroll@centredaily.comOctober 25, 2012 

The judge in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case has scheduled a December hearing to address issues raised in post-sentence motions filed by the convicted pedophile’s attorneys.

Senior Judge John Cleland set the hearing for 10 a.m. on Dec. 10 at the Centre County Courthouse, according to an order signed Thursday.

The judge is also asking for more information about the motions.

Defense attorneys then have until Nov. 16 to file a brief supporting their motion, which must include specific reference to where those issues were “preserved” in the trial transcript.

A reply from prosecutors is due by Dec. 5.

Sandusky, convicted of sexually molesting 10 young boys, was taken this week from the Centre County jail to the state prison at Camp Hill for evaluation.

He will then begin serving his sentence of 30 to 60 years, essentially a life-sentence for the 68-year-old former Penn State football coordinator.

Attorneys for Sandusky earlier this month filed the post-sentence motions in Centre County court as part of the appeals process. A third lawyer — Philadelphia-based Norris Gelman — who was not part of the team during Sandusky’s trial has been added to the defense team. He joins Joe Amendola and Karl Rominger.

In a 31-page filing, the defense team offered a long list of reasons it felt the court erred during the trial, which ended with a jury finding Sandusky guilty on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

Insufficient evidence, not enough time to prepare, the inability to use a jury consultant, a jury that wasn’t sequestered and the judge’s decision not to allow certain testimony are some of the reasons the defense listed.

The filing went on to say there may be more reasons to file an additional post-sentence motion, and asked for another 14 days for the defense to do so.

In his order, Cleland gave Sandusky’s attorneys until Nov. 9 to file an additional post-sentence motion raising additional grounds for relief.

Matt Carroll can be reached at 231-4631. Follow him on Twitter @Carrollreporter.

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