December 19, 2012
The judge who presided over former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse case said Tuesday that defense lawyers can have an evidentiary hearing to explore their claim that they lacked sufficient time to prepare for trial. Judge John Cleland's one-sentence order set the proceeding for the Centre County Courthouse on Jan. 10. At issue is Cleland's refusal to delay the trial "based on the defendant's inability to integrate the vast amount of material turned over by the prosecution to the defense when trial was imminent.
November 16, 2011 |
A judge from Western Pennsylvania will preside over next month's preliminary hearing of the former Penn State assistant football coach accused of child sex crimes. Judge Robert E. Scott, a senior judge in Westmoreland County was assigned to hear the case after officials in Center County, where Penn State is located, requested an outside magistrate to hear Commonwealth v. Gerald Sandusky. Jerry Sandusky is accused of sexually assaulting eight young boys over a period of 15 years.
November 15, 2007 |
Suspended Penn State running back Austin Scott has waived today's scheduled arraignment and pleaded not guilty to felony charges of rape and sexual assault and a simple-assault charge and two counts of indecent assault, all misdemeanors. A redshirt senior from Allentown, Scott's next court appearance is a pre-trial conference set for Jan. 17. Jury selection is scheduled for Feb. 4 before a formal trial begins. Scott's waiver, which included his plea, was faxed yesterday to the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. "We expected a waiver since 90 percent normally waive the arraignment," Centre County assistant court administrator Barb Gallo said.
December 17, 2011 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Joseph Amendola stood in front of a mass of local, state, and national reporters gathered outside the Centre County courthouse Tuesday and appeared at ease. He apologized for arriving late after initially driving away with his client, former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, minutes after the man waived the most-awaited preliminary hearing in many years in the Keystone State. Amendola was folksy, sometimes even joking.
October 17, 2007 |
The preliminary hearing for suspended Penn State running back Austin Scott, charged with rape and sexual assault, is set for today at 11 a.m. at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. "If you put things in proper perspective, the odds [of dismissing the charges] are way against us," said Joseph Amendola, Scott's lawyer. "We anticipate that if [the alleged victim] testifies what she said in her deposition, charges will be held. " Scott, a redshirt senior from Allentown, was charged Friday with rape, sexual assault, and two counts of aggravated indecent assault, all felonies, after an alleged encounter with a woman in his on-campus apartment early Oct. 5. He also has been charged with simple assault and two counts of indecent assault, all misdemeanors.
October 11, 2012 |
Jerry Sandusky, wearing red prison garb and a befuddled smirk for his date with justice, departed the Centre County Courthouse late Tuesday morning and vanished into the state's prison system. As those who played with and for Penn State's former defensive coordinator watched the scene on TV, they hoped the scandal the disgraced coach triggered would at last begin to fade away as well. "This thing has hurt everyone," said Rich Milot, the former Washington Redskins linebacker who graduated from Penn State in 1979, "the future students, the current students, the alumni, the players there now. It's tarnished everything.
October 23, 2007 |
The Centre County District Attorney's Office was granted the gag order it sought in the rape and sexual assault case against Penn State running back Austin Scott yesterday. The ruling, handed down by Centre County President Judge Charles C. Brown Jr., prohibits the defense, the prosecution, Penn State police, and the alleged victim and her family from speaking with the media. Scott, a 22-year old from Allentown, is facing multiple charges, including rape and sexual assault, in relation to an Oct. 5 encounter he had with a fellow Penn State student.
December 14, 2011 |
A Pennsylvania deputy attorney general accused Jerry Sandusky's lawyer Wednesday of grandstanding and disputed his suggestion that prosecutors offered concessions to entice the former coach to waive his preliminary hearing Tuesday on child sex abuse charges. Senior Deputy Attorney General E. Marc Costanzo said lawyer Joseph Amendola first broached the idea that Sandusky might forgo the hearing Monday evening. Amendola didn't offer a reason. But what followed, Costanzo said, was a series of phone calls and meetings in State College hotel rooms about a waiver, including one with the presiding judge.
December 13, 2011 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Curious townspeople lingered outside the Brockerhoff House early Tuesday morning, sipping coffee, eating breakfast pizza, and trying to digest the incongruity of it all. "This will soon be gone," said one woman in a red school crossing guard's vest as she aimed her cellphone camera at the Centre County Courthouse, "and I want to make sure I get a picture. Otherwise no one will believe me. " Her lens was focused across Allegheny Street, where the shop windows were elaborately decorated for the holidays, at the media army occupying the courthouse square.
December 14, 2011
BELLEFONTE - The event that was supposed to be the biggest thing to hit this burg since the last public hanging in 1911 was over in a New York minute. That's how long it took alleged pedophile Jerry Sandusky to waive his right to a preliminary hearing on charges that he abused 10 boys over 15 years. The courtroom was packed. The prosecution was ready. The defense sought a sidebar. And that was all she wrote. An out-of-central-casting, ruddy-faced, white-haired senior magistrate, Robert Scott, 74, imported from Westmoreland County since everyone here has Penn State links, had Sandusky say that he understood the move - and then he shut down the show.