Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Judge cancels Sandusky evidentiary hearing for Friday

There will not be a Jerry Sandusky hearing on Friday.

On Thursday, the Centre County prothonotary’s office posted an order from Jefferson County Judge John Foradora.

Foradora is specially presiding in Centre County over the post-conviction phase of Sandusky’s criminal case since the recusal of McKean County Senior Judge John Cleland. His order canceled the hearing that had been scheduled back in March. His order said the hearing was canceled “due to the fact that all witnesses and testimony regarding the issues raised has been presented.”

The evidentiary hearings were part of Sandusky’s Post-conviction Collateral Relief Act petition, as the retired Penn State defensive coordinator seeks a new trial. Sandusky was convicted of 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012.

Sandusky’s attorney, Al Lindsay, who lobbied hard for the right to have those hearings, confirmed that his side was done presenting evidence.

After the transcripts of the last hearing on May 11 are made available, the defense will have 30 days to prepare final arguments on findings of fact and conclusions of law.

“The judge will then make a decision,” Lindsay said.

Foradora indicated on May 11 that he hoped to see the case resolved this fall.

Sandusky is serving a 30-to-60-year sentence at Somerset state prison.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce