State attorney general files response to Sandusky defense team

March 5, 2012 9:52 pm

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The state attorney general's office today filed its response to an order for pre-trial discovery last week in the case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

In a laundry list that runs nine pages long, Senior Deputy Attorney General Jonelle Eshbach explains all of the many materials provided to or withheld from the defense and gives the reasons why.

In many instances, information was withheld because it related to grand jury secrecy. In others, the prosecutor said the information being sought related to an ongoing investigation and therefore was protected.

Ms. Eshbach wrote that she believed the additional information being sought by defense attorney Joseph Amendola was not discoverable. If Senior Judge John Cleland, who is presiding over the case has any question, the prosecutor asks that the judge review the evidence privately.

Judge Cleland issued his order on Feb. 13 in response to a motion by Mr. Amendola accusing the commonwealth of failing to provide relevant information to him in discovery. In the same motion, Mr. Amendola accused the state's witnesses of possibly working together to concoct the charges against his client.

Mr. Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He was arrested in November, and trial is scheduled for May 14.

First Published 2012-03-05 16:05:59

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