Sandusky lawyers get three weeks to outline appeal

Posted: August 03, 2012

The judge who handled Jerry Sandusky's child sex-abuse trial gave defense lawyers on Wednesday three weeks to outline their appeal of an order meant to stem leaks that have plagued the ongoing investigation.

In June, Judge John M. Cleland barred attorneys for the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach from releasing any further material they obtained from prosecutors to people outside the defense team. Cleland was prompted to act after a taped interview between prosecutors and Sandusky's son Matt was aired on NBC's Today. He also ordered the lawyers to submit an account of all previously released material and a list of those to whom it was given.

Lawyers Joseph Amendola and Karl Rominger have complained to Superior Court that the judge's order would unfairly force them to share their strategy for appeal.

Sandusky is held in the Centre County jail awaiting sentencing on 45 counts of child sex abuse. Grand jurors continue to probe Penn State administrators' handling of early allegations against him. - Jeremy Roebuck

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