On November 5, 2011, a 23-page Grand Jury report rocked Penn State to its foundation. As a result of Jerry Sandusky being convicted on 45 of 48 counts sexual abuse against 10 minors and subsequent fallout and alleged coverup by several key school administrators and legendary coach Joe Paterno, these events will forever be a dark stain in the history of our University.
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In a last-ditch effort to delay his client’s trial, Jerry Sandusky’s co-counsel Karl Rominger has filed a petition to the Superior Court in Harrisburg to postpone the start date of his trial, which is set to begin June 11.
On Monday, attorneys for victims 3, 4, 5, and 7 filed motions at the Centre County Courthouse in the hopes of preventing their identities from being revealed at trial. The motions asked for the court to consider allowing the alleged victims to use a pseudonym when giving testimony, and cited several previous high-profile cases as precedence for this procedure.
With Jerry Sandusky’s trial set to begin in less than a month on June 5th, the amount of legal filings and case tidbits have been breaking at an alarming rate over the last several days. Here’s a brief recap on some of the important stuff, assuming you haven’t cared to comb through hundreds of pages of documents on the Centre County website.
Today in Bellefonte, Judge Cleland heard brief comments from both the defense of Jerry Sandusky and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Joe Amendola filed a motion in court on Thursday, requesting that all 52 charges against Jerry Sandusky be dropped.
Judge John Cleland ruled quickly, denying Jerry Sandusky’s request for a more specific Bill of Particulars that would include more information on the alleged victims and crimes. Yesterday, Sandusky’s legal counsel Joe Amendola argued unsuccessfully for the Commonwealth to provide more specific dates as to when the crimes occurred.
Earlier today, the Penn State Board of Trustees issued a statement explaining their decision to fire Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier back in November. Shortly after, the Paterno family fired back with an unambiguous statement criticizing the Board’s descision and respond.
A pre-trial hearing for the Jerry Sandusky case was held Monday morning in Bellefonte to discuss the defense’s request for a more specific Bill of Particulars.
The Penn State Board of Trustees issued a statement using the mass Penn State listerv and the new Penn State Openness website regarding their decisions to fire former President Graham Spanier and former football coach Joe Paterno. The statement can be found in its entirety below:
A pre-trial hearing has been set for 11 a.m. today in Bellefonte, where Jerry Sandusky’s defense team will argue for a more specific Bill of Particulars. Last week, upon the order of Judge John Cleland, the prosecution released a Bill of Particulars that included a list of the identities of the ten alleged victims, as well as the dates, times, and locations where the alleged crimes were committed.
A bill of particulars was released this afternoon by Attorney General Linda Kelly, which outlines the date and location of the alleged sex-abuse crimes committed against ten minors by Jerry Sandusky, as well as the age of the alleged victims. This comes after Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, requested that this information be released so that the defense could prepare for the upcoming trial, which has a tentative start date of May 14.
Following a ruling on Monday that changed Jerry Sandusky’s bail conditions to allow him to interact with his grandchildren, Jill Thomas, the ex-wife of his son Matthew and mother of three of Sandusky’s grandchildren, issued a statement accusing Sandusky of inappropriately touching one of her children.
This morning, Judge Cleland ruled on several motions proposed at Friday’s hearing in Bellefonte, Pa.
Today, during the hearing on bail conditions for Jerry Sandusky, Onward State staffers in Bellefonte used the hashtag #PSUcharges to classify their tweets of the coverage. #PSUcharges was the hashtag created by local media sources when the charges against Jerry Sandusky AND Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were made public on November 5th. Some who follow Onward State wanted a change in the hashtag to #Sandusky, presumably because of the prevailing thought that Jerry Sandusky “does not represent Penn State”. We explain our continued use of the hashtag after the jump.
Judge John M. Cleland heard five separate motions this morning from Jerry Sandusky’s defense team and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Jerry Sandusky and his defense team will attend court proceedings in Bellefonte this morning in an effort to change his bail conditions. Sandusky has expressed interest in being able to visit and communicate with his eleven grandchildren — all under the age of 18 — and to be able to leave his house to visit with his lawyers in preparation for his defense. Sandusky is currently under house arrest and monitored by an ankle bracelet.
I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
Inside the Assembly Room, located in the corner of the basement of the Nittany Lion Inn, I sat listening in disgust as Franco Harris and Anthony Lubrano discussed Joe Paterno and the Board of Trustees with a lively audience of around 150. Most attendees were part of the recently established group called Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, whose goal is to reform the Board of Trustees and find “justice” for Joe Paterno.
Late Wednesday night, Pete Thamel and Mark Viera of the New York Times published an article that addresses the Penn State Board of Trustee’s decision to fire legendary football coach Joe Paterno. The Times had spoken to thirteen of the thirty-two board members, who up until this point, have remained silent. For over three hours, they attempted to recall the tough decisions that led to the termination of Paterno and former Penn State president, Graham Spanier.
They say that every hero has one single moment in their life that defines them.
For Joe Paterno, a man with 2-national championships and 409 career wins, that moment may have come outside a small ranch house at the end of McKee Street instead of on the football field.
Success with honor. These three words are so simple, yet they mean so much to everyone involved with Penn State. While most other collegiate athletic programs have faced the downfall of scandal over the years, Penn State has stood as a pillar of integrity, as the “shining program on a hill.” It was all a lie.