Jerry Sandusky’s new attorney can have grand jury transcripts and others materials held by the convicted pedophile’s previous defense team, a judge has ruled.
Joe Amendola, who represented Sandusky at his trial in June 2012, had asked a judge for permission to turn the confidential documents over to Alexander Lindsay, Sandusky’s new lawyer.
Trial Judge John Cleland granted that request in an order filed this week in Centre County Court, but the judge is holding Lindsay to the same protective order that’s been in place in the case since the trial.
Lindsay, an attorney from Butler, previously told the Centre Daily Times he is representing Sandusky in a Post-Conviction Relief Act appeal.
The act gives people who have been convicted of a crime — and who have exhausted other opportunities for appeal — another chance to have their cases heard.
Lindsay didn’t respond when asked for comment Tuesday about the case.
It’s not clear on what grounds Sandusky would make the PCRA appeal, which is limited to certain arguments.
In a previous appeal to the state Superior Court, Sandusky’s then-lawyer, Norris Gelman, argued that trial defense attorneys were rushed and couldn’t properly prepare and that Cleland was wrong on several matters during the proceedings.
The Superior Court shot down Sandusky’s appeal, and the state Supreme Court later declined to hear the case.
Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted of molesting 10 young boys and is serving a 30-year minimum sentence in solitary confinement at a state prison in Greene County.