Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Court hearing Wednesday in Sandusky case expected to address subpoenas

Jerry Sandusky will stay at home Wednesday while his attorney argues in Centre County court why subpoenas he issued in an effort to seek records on alleged victims should stand.

The hearing before Senior Judge John Cleland will start at 1:30 p.m. in the main courtroom.

Defense attorney Joe Amendola subpoenaed Bald Eagle Area, Keystone Central and Mifflin County school districts for IQ tests, attendance reports, grade reports, psychological evaluations and other information about alleged victims.

This week and last, the attorneys for the school districts filed motions to quash, or throw out, the subpoenas on the grounds the defense wants records that should be kept confidential in accordance with privacy laws.

Amendola also subpoenaed the Centre County and Clinton County child and youth services agencies.

On Monday, the Centre County CYS filed a motion to quash, arguing the records are privileged information. Clinton County CYS had done so last week.

The hearing is expected to address Juniata College’s objection to a subpoena seeking a variety of records, among them, copies of the background check for Sandusky when he applied to be an assistant football coach in 2010.

Also Monday, the state departments of Labor and Industry, Public Welfare and Corrections asked the judge to seal their motions to quash. Those requests said information in the subpoenas could identify the accusers.

There will be one difference in this court date compared with the previous one — no podium at the foot of the courthouse steps.

Because of a gag order, neither the prosecution nor Amendola can make comments to the media. That podium had been the place the attorneys stood to take questions and make statements after previous hearings.

By Monday, 45 reporters had registered to attend this week’s hearing, and county officials are expecting 11 news trucks to arrive in Bellefonte to broadcast live.

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