Penn State Updates: Sandusky in court again
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) – A judge has heard arguments from Jerry Sandusky’s attorneys about the fairness of his trial but did not issue a ruling. The proceeding Thursday in central Pennsylvania related to Sandusky’s claim that his lawyers didn’t have enough time to prepare for his molestation trial. Sandusky’s post-sentencing motions are before Judge John Cleland. The former Penn State assistant football coach wants to have his 45-count conviction thrown out and a new trial granted. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence after being convicted in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. The 68-year-old Sandusky is likely to die in prison, unless he can persuade a court to release him. He maintains he is innocent. The case led to the ouster of longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Pennsylvania’s attorney general-elect says she’ll appoint a special deputy attorney general to carry out the probe she promised into the state investigation that triggered the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. In an interview Thursday with The Associated Press, Kathleen Kane said the still-to-be-named deputy will work with an investigator and report directly to her. Kane, the first Democrat to be elected attorney general, says she wants the public to have confidence that the investigation is not politically motivated. Kane, who is to be sworn in Tuesday, campaigned on a pledge to investigate the handling of the nearly three-year probe that resulted in Sandusky’s arrest, conviction, and imprisonment. Republican Governor Tom Corbett, the attorney general, oversaw most of that investigation and has defended his actions in the case.