Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Sandusky appeal decision to come this week

In June 2012, people waiting for the verdict in the Jerry Sandusky case clustered in the courtroom, outside the courthouse in Bellefonte and around televisions.

Sandusky was convicted of 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse crimes, with victims who came from his charity for at-risk youth, The Second Mile.

Since then, the retired Penn State defensive coordinator has maintained his innocence and pursued appeals. He is in the midst of a Post-conviction Collateral Relief Act petition where he has argued the incompetence of his trial attorneys, Joseph Amendola and Karl Rominger. He has pointed to grand jury leaks. He has taken the stand himself, something he did not do in his trial, loudly and indignantly protesting that he had never had a sexual relationship with anyone but his wife.

Sandusky is seeking a new trial or dismissed charges.

On Wednesday, a new decision will be handed down as Jefferson County President Judge John Foradora prepares to rule on the PCRA hearing.

In an alert posted to the Centre County media information page on Monday, the court announced that the opinion and order on the petition will be posted on the website at noon.

That charity has since been dissolved and Sandusky is serving a 30-to-60 year sentence at Somerset state prison.

The case prompted other criminal charges against Penn State executives.

Former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz entered guilty pleas to one count each of misdemeanor child endangerment in March. Both are now serving house arrest portions of their sentences.

Former president Graham Spanier is appealing his March conviction on a single misdemeanor count of child endangerment. His sentence is suspended pending the outcome of that appeal.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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