When “Victim Number 9″ took the stand against Jerry Sandusky in 2012, a prosecutor asked him to identify his assailant, he pointed at him without looking. When the prosecutor asked him to look at him, he said, “I don’t want to look at him.” Victim Number 9, now 18, is suing Sandusky and Penn State.
Today marks two years since retired Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested on suspicion of child molesting, and it’s been a mostly ugly two years since then. In the days following, Coach Joe Paterno was fired, then students on campus responded with a riot. Paterno died months later; and after the Freeh Report came out, many of his wins were erased from the record book, and a campus memorial to him taken down. NCAA sanctions were imposed, but have since been eased. A lot of hurt feelings remain behind.
Jerry Sandusky today appealed to Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court to ask it to grant him a new trial. A month ago, a lower court denied a similar appeal. Sandusky’s main argument this time is that the jurors in his original trial were not notified about the amount of time it look his victims to come forward.
36-year-old Jon Sandusky, Director of Player Personnel for the Cleveland Browns (wow, we did not know that!), was arrested for suspicion of drunk driving early Tuesday morning in Fargo, N.D. (The Penn State grad also worked for the Eagles from 2002-2009.) He appeared to be at North Dakota State University, scouting.
AP: “Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky should not get a new trial after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Wednesday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge Superior Court panel came barely two weeks after they heard oral arguments by Sandusky’s lawyer and a state prosecutor.” Sandusky is serving a 30-60 year prison sentence for his convictions.
AP reports that former Penn State officials Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are asking a judge to order a “bill of particulars” that would force prosecutors to outline in detail the case they plan to make at trial. The men are waiting trial on charges they hid evidence from investigators and lied to grand jurors about what they knew about child-molestation allegations against Jerry Sandusky. “We always attempt to provide not only everything that we are legally obligated to provide, but if there are additional things to aid in the defense so there is a fair trial, we will do that,” said Joe Peters, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office.