Catching You Up on the Sandusky Case
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 had time to comb through hundreds of pages of documents on the Centre County website.
Motions to Quash Subpoenas
Many organizations were issued subpoenas to turn over sensitive documents and information relating to the alleged victimes by the Sandusky defense team over the recent months. Several of those organizations are now filing to quash the subpoenas, citing the fact that much of the information requested is confidential and that the defense is going on a “fishing expedition” for information. The agencies that have filed to quash their subpoenas include: The PA Department of Labor Industries, the PA Department of Public Welfare, the PA Department of Corrections, Keystone Central School District, Mifflin County School District, Juanita College, The Second Mile, Clinton County Children and Youth Services, Centre County Children and Youth Services, Bald Eagle Area School District, and psychologist Alycia Chambers.
A hearing has been scheduled for today at 1:30 to discuss some of these motions related to subpoenas.
Over 17 Victims Referenced in Court Documents
In a pretrial motion by the Sandusky defense team, the phrase “possible accusers who have been identified as Nos. 11 through 17 as well as those whose identification are numbered from 18 and beyond,” is used. This indicates that additional victims have come forward, as Sandusky is currently charged with 52 counts of various child abuse charges against 10 alleged victims. However, the prosecution says that no information will be given regarding these additional cases, citing a pending investigation.
Lasch Shower Incident Date Change
The prosecution motioned to amend the date of the now infamous shower incident witnessed by former assistant coach Mike McQueary. Previously, McQueary had stated without objection that the incident happened sometime before spring break in 2002. Now, the prosecution is claiming that the incident actually happened on February 9, 2001. The information relating to “Victim 2” has been crucial for this case, as it is the incident that McQueary alleges to have seen and reported to Joe Paterno. This date change also means that the statute of limitations has passed in the Tim Curley and Gary Schultz perjury case, according to their attorneys.
Mike McQueary to File Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Penn State
Penn State was informed yesterday in a writ of summons that former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary plans to file a lawsuit against the university. McQueary was put on administrative leave after he became a key figure in the Sandusky case for allegedly witnessing the incident in the Lasch Football Building lockerroom shower. No additional details about the lawsuit are available yet.
Prosecution Inadvertently Releases Names of Alleged Victims
In a motion filed Tuesday, the prosecution inadvertently published the names of some of the alleged victims. Judge John Cleland quickly ruled to seal this attachment and remove the document from the Centre County website.
We’ll have updates from today’s court proceedings as they occur.