Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Jerry Sandusky wants to go back to court

Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte for a Post-conviction Collateral Relief Act hearing in March.
Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte for a Post-conviction Collateral Relief Act hearing in March. Centre Daily Times, file

Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers say they have more points to argue.

So does the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.

On Tuesday, the two sides had a rare moment of agreement, jointly filing a request in Centre County court for another moment in court.

Jefferson County President Judge John Foradora is specially presiding over Sandusky’s Post-conviction Collateral Relief Act petition after the recusal of McKean County Senior Judge John Cleland in November 2016. Cleland oversaw the retired Nittany Lions football defensive coordinator’s criminal trial, which saw him convicted of 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse charges.

Foradora picked the case up well into the PCRA process, and in the midst of the evidentiary hearings Cleland had granted.

A number of witnesses, including prosecutors Joseph McGettigan and Frank Fina, defense attorney Joe Amendola, investigators and psychologists, testified. Sandusky himself took the stand, something he did not do at trial. Those hearings, spread over months, ended in May.

Sandusky attorneys Al Lindsay and Andrew Salemme submitted their “proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law” on July 13. Senior Deputy AG Jennifer Buck filed the prosecution’s version on Aug. 23. The two sides are now asking for a chance for oral arguments.

Sandusky, 73, maintains his innocence. He is serving a 30 to 60 year sentence at Somerset state prison.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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