Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Hearing slated to address subpoenas in Sandusky case

Attorneys for The Second Mile and two school districts will have a chance to argue why subpoenas from Jerry Sandusky’s attorney aren’t valid during a hearing Wednesday before Senior Judge John Cleland.

The Mifflin County and Keystone Central school districts, along with the organization Sandusky founded, filed papers in Centre County Court this week asking Cleland to quash the Sandusky subpoenas seeking information including student records, psychological evaluations, grade reports and attendance records.

Mifflin County and Keystone Central argue the information requested in the subpoenas is protected, and the defense doesn’t have a right to the records.

The hearing at 1:30 p.m. in the Centre County Courthouse will cover any similar motions filed by other entities, Cleland’s order said.

Sandusky’s defense attorney, Joe Amendola, issued subpoenas to several school districts, along with ones to the state police commissioner, state Department of Labor and Industry and Penn State police. Prosecutors filed a motion Friday calling the subpoenas a “fishing expedition.”

Amendola has until today to respond to the prosecution’s motion.

The subpoenas include ones to local school districts for records of former students who are among the alleged victims in the abuse case against the former Penn State defensive coach.

State College attorney Scott Etter confirmed Wednesday that several districts he represents have received similar subpoenas, but he declined to identify which ones they are.

Etter represents the State College, Bellefonte, Penns Valley, Moshannon Valley and Juniata County area school districts and the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology.

Etter said the “vast majority” of the records requested would have been destroyed after the students graduated or transferred to another school district. As a result, he said, the information that would be available to the defense if the judge doesn’t quash the subpoenas will be limited.

“I’m in the process of reviewing to see what documents we still have,” Etter said.

Etter said he wouldn’t immediately file a motion to quash the subpoenas, as the Mifflin County and Keystone Central school districts did earlier this week.

Etter said he's interested to see what happens with the school districts’ objections.

A spokeswoman for the Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District said no subpoenas had been received there.

CDT reporter Anne Danahy contributed to this article.

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