It’s been almost four months since Jerry Sandusky was inside the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte and learned he would spend 30 to 60 years in jail — and Thursday he will step inside the courthouse again.
Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator, was granted an evidentiary hearing on Dec. 18, 2012 by Judge John Cleland. Sandusky’s attorneys Joe Amendola and Norris Gelman filed the motion for the hearing, claiming that the court did not allow Sandusky due process throughout the case.
The attorneys argued in the motion that Sandusky was unable to “integrate the vast amount of material turned over by the prosecution to the defense when trial was imminent which resulted in the lack of time to prepare and utilize such materials to forward a defense or defenses to the charges filed against him.”
Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexually abusing boys in June 2012. Since being sentenced in October 2012, Sandusky, 68, has been held at the State Correctional Institution at Greene in Waynesburg.
The hearing will be held at 9:30 a.m. in Courtroom 1 at the Centre County Courthouse. Sandusky’s attorneys wrote in court documents that the presentation of testimony and exhibits should take no longer than two hours.
In addition to court papers filed in the Sandusky case, former university President Graham Spanier, one of three Penn State administrators charged with perjury in relation to the Sandusky case, recently was granted a modification of bail condition, allowing him to travel out of Pennsylvania, according to court documents.
The request — filed Nov. 13 — cited an intent for Spanier to travel for the holidays and care for his mother who is in “ill health,” according to court documents.
Spanier is permitted to travel out of state as long as he submits a detailed itinerary to the court no less than five business days before his intended date of travel, according to court documents.
He was denied his request to travel outside of the United States, and his passport will remain revoked as a condition of his bail, according to court documents. Spanier is also barred from contacting any Commonwealth witness or any past or current member of the Penn State Board of Trustees, according to court documents.
Spanier, along with former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Penn State Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz have been charged in relation to Sandusky sexual abuse case, but future hearing and trial dates for all men are still unknown.
All three men are charged with perjury, child endangerment, obstruction of justice and failure to report suspected abuse, as well as conspiracy to commit the previously mentioned crimes in relation to the Sandusky case.