The judge who presided over the Jerry Sandusky case is taking steps to enforce a protective order he issued in the summer of 2012 after an audio recording that wasn’t introduced at the trial was leaked to the media.
Judge John Cleland said Thursday that Sandusky defense lawyer Karl Rominger is under a court directive to explain why the protective order should not apply to him. A hearing has been penciled in for 10:30 a.m. May 15 at the Centre County Courthouse to address any issues.
In June 2012, Cleland required Rominger and co-counsel Joe Amendola to give him a list of people to whom they gave trial records and what the records were. Amendola submitted his response under seal, but Rominger refused and appealed unsuccessfully as high up as the state Supreme Court.
Cleland’s decision comes just days after the state Attorney General’s Office this week filed a motion asking the judge to make Rominger comply with the order.
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The leaked material in question was the recording of a police interview that Sandusky’s adopted son Matt had with authorities one day while the trial was going on. The jury never heard the tape.
In the interview, Matt Sandusky disclosed that he’d been molested by his adoptive father. NBC broadcast it after the trial.
Jerry Sandusky’s defense said the tape is what led the former Penn State coach to decide not to testify.