Ex-Sandusky attorney Rominger to comply with order in leaked evidence probe

mcarroll@centredaily.comMay 2, 2014 

Defense lawyer Karl Rominger, who represented Jerry Sandusky during his child sexual abuse trial, will hand over a list of people to whom he provided trial-related material, complying with an order issued almost two years ago.

Rominger said in court documents filed this week in Centre County Court he would hand over the list under seal. He filed another motion asking a judge to cancel a hearing that had been set to force the issue later this month, arguing the hearing is now moot.

“Counsel has obtained from your honor a protocol for the filing and will comply with the protocol,” Rominger wrote in that filing.

Judge John Cleland, who presided over the Sandusky case, recently took steps to enforce the protective order he issued in the summer of 2012 after an audio recording that wasn’t introduced at the trial was leaked to the media.

Cleland ordered Rominger last month to explain why the protective order should not apply to him, and the judge set a hearing on the matter for May 15, according to court documents.

In June 2012, Cleland required Rominger and co-counsel Joe Amendola to give him a list of people to whom they gave trial records and what the records were. Amendola submitted his response under seal, but Rominger refused and appealed unsuccessfully to the state Supreme Court.

Rominger indicated in a media report that he would take the case to a federal court, but the deadline to do so passed.

State prosecutor James Barker wrote in a motion to Cleland that Rominger exhausted his options for appeals and now must adhere to the order.

Barker said the matter needs to be addressed out of concern for grand jury secrecy.

The leaked material in question was the recording of a police interview that Sandusky’s adopted son Matt had with authorities one day while the trial was going on. The jury never heard the tape.

In the interview, Matt Sandusky disclosed that he’d been molested by his adoptive father. NBC broadcast the interview after the trial.

Jerry Sandusky’s defense said the tape is what led the former Penn State coach to decide not to testify.

Rominger wrote in the filing this week that he has made steps to provide the list to the “acting supervising (g)rand (j)ury judge specially assigned to Sandusky matters.”

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