Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Judge: Sandusky can file amended petition for appeal

Jerry Sandusky exits the Centre County courthouse during his June 2012 trial. Sansusky’s lawyers will file and amended Post Conviction Relief Act petition.
Jerry Sandusky exits the Centre County courthouse during his June 2012 trial. Sansusky’s lawyers will file and amended Post Conviction Relief Act petition. CDT file photo

Jerry Sandusky has been given permission to proceed with an appeal.

The former Penn State assistant football coach, convicted of 45 child sex abuse counts in 2012, is moving forward with his Post Conviction Relief Act petition.

In a closed-door meeting with counsel on Wednesday, McKean County Senior Judge John Cleland discussed the future of the appeal and subsequently filed an order in Centre County Court.

In the order, Cleland directed Sandusky’s attorneys to file an amended PCRA petition by May 6.

“At the time it is filed, the amended petition and any exhibits filed in support of the amended petition for the petition as it was originally filed will be unsealed. The original petition will remain under seal,” Cleland’s order read.

The prosecution will file a response within 30 days.

The judge also directed the defense to consult with the state Attorney General’s Office on any information they intend to include in the petition that “could be subject to grand jury secrecy.”

The state Supreme Court rejected a request to hear an appeal in April 2014.

Sandusky was not present for the conference. He remains at Greene state prison in Waynesburg.

According to his attorney, Al Lindsay, there is the possibility of a federal appeal if the PCRA is unsuccessful, but he declined to talk about that possibility Wednesday.

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