June 4, 2012 – In an unexpected ruling, a judge has required that Jerry Sandusky’s alleged victims will have to testify against him in the upcoming trial using their real names, and that tweets or other electronic communications will not be permitted in the courtroom. Judge John Cleland also settled a dispute over research into potential jurors, a day before jury selection is set to begin in the high-profile child sexual abuse trial. Sandusky, 68, faces 52 charges relating to the abuse of at least 10 young boys over a period of 15 years.
Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/25/12: On Friday, Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a period of 15 years, charges that shattered the once pristine image of Penn State University football and led to the firing of revered head coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defense coach who was once considered to be next in line to take over Paterno’s job, showed little emotion as he was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts. Click here to learn more.
Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/22/12: This week, one of Jerry Sandusky’s adopted sons reportedly admitted to authorities that the former Penn State assistant football coach sexually abused him as a child. Lawyers for Matt Sandusky, who is one of Jerry Sandusky’s six adopted children, issued a statement yesterday saying that the 33-year-old was prepared to testify on behalf of the prosecution in his father’s high-profile sex abuse trial. Click here to learn more.
Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/19/12: Friends and ex-colleagues of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky testified yesterday on behalf of the defense in order to counter prosecution witnesses’ claims that he sexually abused boys in locker room showers. The testimony came at the beginning of the second week of a trial that has proceeded at a surprisingly brisk pace. Click here to learn more.
Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/15/12: The high-profile child sex abuse trial involving former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has adjourned for the week, following graphic testimony from eight prosecution witnesses. The last witness’s testimony has been described as the most explicit of the trial to date, but also the most problematic because some of its details differed from those of earlier witnesses. Click here to learn more.
Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/13/12: Taking the stand for the first time on Tuesday, former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary told jurors that he saw Jerry Sandusky naked in a locker room shower engaging in explicit sex acts with a prepubescent boy about 10 years ago. McQueary’s account differed little from his testimony given last December at a preliminary hearing, except that the shower encounter took place in 2001 instead of 2002. Click here to learn more.
Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/12/12: The second day of Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse trial got underway this morning with tearful testimony from a witness known so far only as ‘Victim 1,’ a teenager whose mother’s complaints sparked a grand jury investigation. The trial’s second witness to testify, the young man cried as he described to jurors how the former Penn State assistant football coach performed explicit sex acts on him after meeting him through The Second Mile, a charitable organization Sandusky founded in 1977. Click here to learn more.
Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/11/12: Opening arguments in the high profile child sex abuse trial involving a former Penn State assistant football coach got underway today in Bellefonte, PA., thrusting the notorious scandal back into the public spotlight. Eight young men are scheduled to testify in Centre County Court about how 68-year-old Jerry Sandusky befriended and abused them as boys over a 15-year period. Click here to learn more.
Jerry Sandusky Sexual Abuse Update 6/6/12: According to sources close to the case, Jerry Sandusky allegedly wrote one of his victims inappropriate love letters, the contents of which will be read in testimony once the high-profile child sex abuse trial begins. The handwritten letters were sent to an accuser known only as ‘Victim 4,’ who is just one of eight witnesses scheduled to testify against the disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach. Click here to learn more.
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In a motion filed last month, lawyers for a number of Sandusky’s accusers requested that their clients be allowed to testify under alias names. Cleland denied the motion, but said that he and lawyers will ‘cooperate when possible’ to protect witness privacy and personal information.
“Arguably any victim of any crime would prefer not to appear in court, not to be subjected to cross-examination, not to have his or her credibility evaluated by a jury — not to put his name and reputation at stake,” the judge wrote. “But we ask citizens to do that every day in courts across the nation.”
In the vast majority of similar cases, media organizations such as the Associated Press respect personal privacy and do not identify individuals who claim to have been sexually abused. Sandusky, the disgraced former Penn State assistant football coach, remains on house arrest as he awaits trial.
In other developments, Judge Cleland also denied a request by Sandusky’s lawyers to order the attorney general’s office to disclose data it has collected about prospective jurors in the case. Cleland said there was not enough evidence to warrant a hearing into the matter, and that prosecutors have proceeded in a lawful manner.
“Even if the commonwealth collected the information in this case in the manner the defense asserts and which the commonwealth denies, I do not believe that the information is constitutionally required to be turned over to the defense,” Cleland wrote.
Cleland has yet to rule on a defense request to have the case thrown out, and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is still undecided as whether to delay the start of the trial. According to the docket, Sandusky is requesting ‘extraordinary relief,’ and a court official said the file was sealed and barred from inspection.
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