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PA Supreme Court won't hear Sandusky appeal

Updated: Wednesday, April 2 2014, 05:48 PM EDT

By: WJAC Web Staff and The Associated Press

HARRISBURG -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court won't review Jerry Sandusky's 45-count child molestation conviction.

The justices ruled Wednesday that they won't take up the former Penn State assistant football coach's appeal.

Sandusky argued his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial and prosecutors improperly made reference to his decision not to testify. Prosecutors had countered that Sandusky didn't provide sufficient basis for the Supreme Court to take up the matter.

Sandusky's lawyer says he is disappointed the court denied his appeal. Sandusky also lost an appeal on his charges to the state Superior Court in October 2013.

The 70-year-old is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys. He was convicted in June 2012.

His arrest led to the firing of Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno and significant NCAA penalties against the school.

Three other high-ranking school officials, former President Graham Spanier, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz, face charges they covered up complaints about Sandusky.

The three are awaiting trial in Dauphin County on perjury charges for allegedly lying to the grand jury investigating the Sandusky case.

Sandusky was the Nittany Lions' longtime defensive coordinator, retiring in 1999. He was granted permission to continue to have access to football facilities and be on campus following his retirement.

Prosecutors said Sandusky used the charity he founded, The Second Mile, as a way to prey on young boys.

Sandusky was arrested on Nov. 4, 2011, after a Pennsylvania grand jury heard months of testimony regarding Sandusky's actions with boys, including testimony from former Penn State coach Mike McQueary, who said he saw Sandusky engaging in acts that appeared sexual in nature in a Penn State locker room shower in 2001.

The investigation into Sandusky's actions began in the mid-2000s by then-Attorney General Tom Corbett. Corbett was elected attorney general in 2004 and won re-election in 2008. He left the office after winning the gubernatorial race in 2010, and appointed Linda Kelly to the position.

Kelly oversaw the prosecution and investigators who worked to convict Sandusky.

In response to the allegations, and later convictions, against Sandusky, the Penn State Board of Trustees hired former FBI director Louis Freeh to conduct an internal investigation into a potential cover-up of Sandusky's actions.

In the report released by Freeh, he and his investigators said evidence showed that Curley, Paterno, Schultz and Spanier were aware of Sandusky's actions and failed to do anything to stop them.

The report was accepted by the school and the NCAA, leading to unprecedented sanctions against the school and football program, including a loss of scholarships, a $60 million fine, the stripping of more than 100 Paterno victories, and a four-year bowl ban.

Since that report, the NCAA has allowed PSU to retain some scholarships lost under the sanctions. The school has also started to make payments toward the fine.

Additionally, several lawsuits have been filed as a result of the Sandusky investigation.

McQueary has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against PSU for wrongful termination. Spanier has sued Freeh and his team for defamation as a result of the report and the Paterno family has sued the NCAA relating to the loss of victories and other issues.

Most recently, Sandusky's wife, Dottie, granted several media interviews where she continued to defend her husband, maintaining his innocence.

PA Supreme Court won't hear Sandusky appeal


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Who's Who in the Jerry Sandusky Case

  • Joe Amendola

    Joseph L. Amendola is Jerry Sanduskys defense attorney. 

     He established a private law practice in 1982 and has defended many high profile cases in Centre County. Since Sanduskys arrest Amendola has argued the 52-counts of abuse charges against his client are not specific enough to take to trial. Amendola has said that Sandusky is innocent of the charges, and that he flat out denies any sexual conduct and the allegations of prolonged abuse. Amendola said some of the acts described by victims -- like touching or naked shared showers -- might have been misinterpreted by the alleged victims.

  • Judge John Cleland

    In 2011, Judge John Cleland was assigned the case of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, who stands accused multiple counts of child molestation. 

    Cleland was appointed judge following the recusal of all the judges on the Centre County Court of Common Pleas.  The judges stepped aside to prevent any bias or perceived bias in their affiliation with Penn State University or the Second Mile Charity founded by Sandusky.

    Cleland received his undergraduate degree from Denison University and in 1972, his J.D. The National Law Center of The George Washington University, 1972.

    Cleland began his legal career as a law clerk for United States District Judge Barron P. McCune. After that, he went into the private practice in law until his appointment to the McKean County Court of Common Pleas in 1984. 

    He served on the court from 1984 to 2008. That year, he was appointed an interim judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. After one year on the court, he became a senior judge for the courts on which he had previously served.

  • Linda Kelly

    Attorney General Linda L. Kelly was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett to take over his role as Pennsylvanias top law enforcement officer.  She took the oath of office on May 27, 2011.

    Kelly has been a prosecutor for more than 30 years, serving as both an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County and most recently as senior litigation counsel as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

    Kelly is the first woman to lead the Office of Attorney General since it became an independent elected office in 1981 and Kelly is only the second woman to ever serve as Pennsylvania's Attorney General.  

    Kelly has handled the prosecution of a variety of other crimes including racketeering, narcotics cases and illegal gambling operations. She has prosecuted and supervised a number of cases based on investigations by the Internal Revenue Service, Postal Inspector and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Kelly is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English, and the Duquesne University School of Law.

    She and her husband, Paul, are the parents of a daughter, Kate, who is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

  • Jerry Sandusky

    Jerry Sandusky was born in Washington, Pa.   He played football at Penn State from 1963 " 1965, eventually becoming a member of Joe Paternos coaching staff.   Sandusky was the defensive coordinator on Penn States two national championship teams 82, 86.    He retired in 1999.  His last game was a memorable one, being carried off the field after his defense shutout Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl.

    Sandusky founded the Second Mile Charity in 1977.   President George H. W. Bush praised the organization as a "shining example" of charity work in a 1990 letter that encouraged others to volunteer in community organizations.

    On November 4, 2011, a grand jury indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys.  Those crimes allegedly took place from 1994 to 2009 taking place at his home, on the Penn State campus and other locations.  The attorney generals office claims Sandusky used Second Mile Charity to lure his victims.

  • Frank Noonan

    Frank Noonan was nominated by Gov. Tom  Corbett on January 18, 2011, to be Commissioner of Pennsylvania State Police and was confirmed by the State Senate on April 12, 2011.    

    Frank Noonan is a career investigator with more than 30 years of experience.  He began his career in 1971 as an FBI agent, investigating public corruption, drugs, bank robberies and kidnappings.   Noonan took a lead role in the Sandusky child abuse investigation. 

    After the arrest,  Noonan said the investigation was about more than football and Penn State.  He said, the case is about children who have had their innocence stolen from them and a culture that did nothing to stop it or preventing it from happening to others."

  • Tim Curley

    Tim Curley faces charges of perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse. 

     The accusations surround alleged Victim Two who was reportedly seen in a Penn State locker room shower with Jerry Sandusky.   According to the Grand Jury presentment, former head coach Joe Paterno contacted Tim Curley about the suspected abuse.    Curley has plead not guilty to the charges. 

     Curley grew up across the street from the University Park Campus and worked as a Penn State bat boy.  In 1993, Curley was named athletic director and oversaw massive growth of the sports program, millions in donations, 21 NCAA championships and 64 Big Ten titles. 

  • Gary Schultz

    Gary Schultz faces charges of perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse. 

    The accusations surround alleged Victim Two who was reportedly seen in a Penn State locker room shower with Jerry Sandusky.   Schultz has pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

    For 14 years, Schultz served as the vice president for finance and business.  He also oversaw several departments including police, human resources and legal services.  Last year, Schultz attended the opening of the Gary Schultz Child Care Center.  After his indictment, his name was removed from that building.

  • Dottie Sandusky

    Dorothy Dottie Sandusky is the wife of Jerry Sandusky. 

    The couple married in 1966.  They took in numerous foster children before adopting six children of their own.


 
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