Yes, Jerry Sandusky will be back in Centre County next month.
The retired Nittany Lions defensive coordinator, convicted of 45 child sex abuse counts in 2012, has arguments scheduled for May 2, part of his Post Conviction Relief Act petition.
McKean County Senior Judge John Cleland signed an order on Thursday, directing the Centre County Sheriff’s Office to transport Sandusky from Greene state prison in Waynesburg for the hearing. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence at Greene.
As part of his pursuit of a new trial, Sandusky will have an opportunity to call witnesses for an evidentiary hearing.
Attorneys Al Lindsay and Andrew Salemme filed a second amended petition last month. The PCRA is a process that allows individuals convicted of “crimes they did not commit” to appeal by trying to prove that their rights were violated or the justice process was undermined.
Cleland said in his March order that the petitions have listed the topics the attorneys wanted to have 21 named witnesses testify on at an evidentiary hearing, but that’s not enough under the law, asking that the defense clarify the “substance” of the testimony that would be provided.
Cleland’s new order confirms what Lindsay said last month, when he told the Centre Daily Times he had not yet requested the transport but expected to have his client in attendance at the arguments.