The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

October 25, 2012

Judge schedules December hearing on Sandusky motions

The Associated Press

BELLEFONTE — The judge in Jerry Sandusky's criminal case said Thursday he wants more information about the former Penn State assistant football coach's post-sentencing motions and scheduled a Dec. 10 hearing on the matter.

Judge John Cleland gave defense lawyers until Nov. 16 to file a brief on the issues. The attorney general's office, which prosecuted Sandusky, was given a Dec. 5 deadline to file its reply brief.

Sandusky is in Camp Hill State Prison, being evaluated by officials as he begins serving a 30- to 60-year sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys over 15 years.

His defense attorney Karl Rominger said he learned Thursday that Sandusky is being kept in a special observation unit, subject to around-the-clock monitoring by prison staff. A Corrections Department spokeswoman declined to comment.

Rominger said he hopes to meet with his client in the coming days.

Sandusky maintains his innocence, and in post-sentence motions filed last week, he asked for dismissal of charges or a new trial.

He claims there was not sufficient evidence to support convictions, and argues the statute of limitations has run out for many of the counts.