Jerry Sandusky’s attorney was in court Monday in Centre County arguing for more details about the alleged victims in his child sex abuse case.
Sandusky was at home on house arrest where he awaits trial on more than 50 charges related to child sex abuse.
As his attorney put it, it was a “simplistic hearing,” one of the reasons Sandusky did not need to be there.
His attorney was there, demanding more information from prosecutors about the alleged victims and when and where the alleged abuses happened.
“All we’re saying to the commonwealth is, come on let’s give Mr. Sandusky a better shake at this, a better opportunity to defend himself,” said Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola.
When the hearing in Bellefonte was over, Amendola continued making the case for the release of more specifics when it comes to his client’s alleged victims.
The judge heard brief arguments from both Amendola and prosecutors and is expected to rule as early as this week.
Meanwhile, Amendola insists if the state attorney general’s office can’t provide more specific dates or locations for the alleged assaults, he will ask for a dismissal.
“We’re going to ask the judge to dismiss the case. The defendant’s right to due process under commonwealth constitution and U.S. Constitution is being vastly infringed upon,” Amendola added.
“Mr. Amendola had plenty of opportunity to question these victims in a preliminary hearing. He waived that hearing and abandoned that right,” said Joseph McGettigan of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office.
Prosecutors claimed they have turned over a great deal of information already, but when it comes to remembering exactly when alleged victims say they were sexually abused by Sandusky.
“It’s natural, quite natural, that both the passage of time and nature of events, to which these children at the time were subjected, would cause those recollections to be suppressed by natural desire,” added McGettigan.
According to attorneys, Jerry Sandusky is still expected to go to trial in mid-May.
At the same time as that hearing Monday, the Penn State Board of Trustees again released a statement justifying the firings of the university’s former president and late football coach Joe Paterno.
Although the board apologized for the way the coach’s firing was handled, students are again outraged over this latest development.
Students at Penn State who were trying to put a sex abuse scandal and the subsequent fallout behind them were dealing with it once again.
Four months after the scandal led to the firing of the university’s legendary football coach, the board of trustees was justifying its actions.
“We determined that his (Paterno’s) decision to do his minimum legal duty and not to do more to follow up constituted a failure of leadership by coach Paterno,” said the board.
The board apologized for the decision to fire Paterno by phone but said considering the media circus that night it had, “no better alternative.”
For decades Joe Paterno was revered and respected, not only at PSU and but entire state of Pennsylvania. After his death, a mural’s artist placed a halo over JoePa’s head. A lot of students on campus feel the board of trustees acted irrationally, firing Joe Paterno by phone.
“It’s kind of like adding salt to the wound. No reason on March 12 we should be getting justification for firing of Joe Paterno, should have been sent to us November 10,” said PSU student Karisa Maxwell.
“It’s definitely too little too late. They should have done this months ago before it even came out he had health problems,” said student Andrew Goodyear.
“The way they did it after all those years, apology is really not all that sincere,” said student Aida Caluk.
Soon after, Paterno’s family responded to the board’s apology saying, “The latest statement is yet another attempt by the board to deflect the criticism of their leadership by trying to focus the blame on Joe Paterno. This is not fair to Joe’s legacy, it is not consistent with the facts and it does not serve the best interests of the university.”