Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Sandusky-related petitions filed in Centre County court

Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for a hearing in Bellefonte on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.
Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for a hearing in Bellefonte on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015. Centre Daily Times, file

Jerry Sandusky is at the heart of two new filings in the Centre County courthouse.

Sandusky is asking Cambria County Judge Norman Krumenacker, supervising grand jury judge, for access to an investigation of Pennsylvania grand jury leaks.

Sandusky is in the midst of a petition under the Pennsylvania Post-Conviction Collateral Relief Act, appealing his 2012 conviction on 45 child sexual abuse counts.

In a petition entered Wednesday, Sandusky’s attorney, Alexander Lindsay, asked the court for access to the report, the result of investigation by special prosecutors James Reeder and Kenneth Brown.

Reeder and Brown were appointed in 2013 to investigate leaks from two statewide investigating grand juries and a Dauphin County grand jury. One of those was the statewide grand jury that investigated Sandusky.

The petition came after McKean County Senior Judge John Cleland issued an order Nov. 5 denying Sandusky’s discovery requests regarding the grand jury.

Sandusky claims that abuses including the leak of grand jury information in his case entitles him to an extraordinary remedy.

Sandusky petition

Lindsay argues that it is possible that the Sandusky investigation, which was stalled since May 2009, “rapidly advanced in the summer of 2011 after the facts of the investigation” were leaked.

The second filing was from the Office of the Attorney General.

Kathleen Kane’s staff appealed Centre County President Judge Thomas King Kistler’s October order directing the OAG to resume evaluation of a private criminal complaint brought against Sandusky by alleged victim Anthony Spinelli.

Kistler determined last month that Kane’s office was wrong in calculating the statute of limitations in Spinelli’s case, accepting the plaintiff’s argument that several rule changes over the years meant that the former high school football player still had time to pursue charges against Sandusky.

On Wednesday, Kistler ordered the OAG to file a statement of errors complained of on appeal within 21 days.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce

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