Court shifts Jerry Sandusky appeal from school to courthouse

mdawson@centredaily.comAugust 28, 2013 

The appeals hearing next month for convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky will be moved from a high school in Luzerne County to that county’s courthouse.

The Superior Court was scheduled to hear the appeal the morning of Sept. 17 at Dallas High School. Instead, the court ordered Wednesday that Sandusky’s case be heard at 3 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre.

Sandusky’s case was among a couple dozen scheduled for the Superior Court to hear outside its usual confines in Harrisburg, Norristown and Pittsburgh as a way to make its proceedings accessible to the public. Two other cases are being moved: one against former state lawmaker Mike Veon, who was convicted in the “Bonusgate” public corruption scandal, and a child abuse case of local interest to Luzerne County.

Superior Court Judge Jack Panella said the court didn’t want the media attention that would follow the cases to disrupt the experience for the public attending the proceedings.

Dallas schools Superintendent Frank Galicki said students in the senior high social studies and law classes will attend the hearings at the school. He said his district had nothing to do with the change and that he was informed of the decision on Wednesday.

The court’s order said cameras and recording equipment will not be allowed in the courtroom.

Sandusky’s lawyers are asking for a new trial, and they have said they didn’t have enough time to prepare for the trial last year and that hearsay testimony from a Penn State janitor shouldn’t have been allowed.

Sandusky is locked up in solitary confinement, serving a 30-year minimum sentence at the state prison near Waynesburg, Greene County.

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