Jerry Sandusky’s attorney Wednesday issued a statement indicating that Sandusky’s hearing was waived mainly as part of an agreement intended to prevent his bail from being increased.
Joseph Amendola, in a news release issued late Wednesday afternoon, said that he returned a call from a prosecutor with the Attorney General’s Office Monday and was told that prosecutors were ready to proceed with the preliminary hearing and expected to call 11 witnesses.
“He also advised me he intended to request an increase in Jerry’s bail following the preliminary hearing,” Amendola said in the news release.
Amendola said he contacted the prosecutor early Monday evening to ask about an agreement under which Sandusky would waive his hearing in exchange for several promises -- “the most important of which was an agreement that the Commonwealth would not seek to increase Jerry’s bail prior to his trial.”
Proseuctors also agreed to provide Amendola early access to the discovery process, and that if Sandusky is charged with more offenses, he’ll be allowed to turn himself in rather than be arrested.
Amendola said the prosecutor called to accept the proposal around 7:30 p.m. Monday, and the two met about 10 p.m. to finalize the agreement.
When the hearing was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m., Sandusky waived his right to the hearing.