Judge Grants Sandusky Permission to See Grandchildren
This morning, Judge John M. Cleland ruled on several motions proposed at Friday’s hearing in Bellefonte.
The former defensive coordinator was given the right to see and communicate electronically with most of his eleven grandchildren, whose ages range from two to fourteen years old. The mother of three of the grandchildren, who is currently going through the divorce process with one of Sandusky’s sons, has stated her opposition to allowing her children to see Sandusky. The decision on whether those three grandchildren will be permitted access will be determined by the judge ruling in the custody case. All contact between the children and Sandusky will be monitored by the parents of the children.
The judge also permitted a certain number of Sandusky’s friends to participate in in-home visitation. Sandusky can submit a list of up to twelve names to the probation office, and will be granted at the discretion of his probation officer. Judge Cleland ruled that these visits may not exceed two hours each on three occasions per week.
Sandusky will now be allowed to leave his home to aid his defense team in building his case. He must request to leave his home 36 hours in advance and specify when, where, and who will accompany him.
The prosecution’s motion that would have prevented Sandusky from “leaving the walls of his house” has been denied. Cleland wrote that the prosecution failed to present any evidence that would’ve proved Sandusky an active threat. There has been complaints that Sandusky was seen outside on his porch overlooking Lemont Elementary School, and that he helped his wife shovel snow outside in his driveway.
The prosecution’s request that the jury pool be selected from outside of Centre County has also been denied. The Commonwealth has expressed concerns over media-created biases with regards to the jury, but since Sandusky and his defense team wishes for Centre County jury, Judge Cleland will permit it.
The defense was also granted access to the names of the accusers, as well as the date, time and location of the alleged incidents. Sandusky and his team wanted this information so it would be possible to provide an alibi for the time frames in question.
Lastly, Sandusky’s request to release the transcipts of the witnesses who testified has been denied.
The tentative date for the trial is May 14th.
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