Sandusky attorney files appeal notice of judge's order

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An attorney for former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky this afternoon filed a notice of appeal, complaining that the judge on his child sex abuse trial issued a protective order that required counsel to divulge confidential work product.

Karl Rominger wrote that McKean County Senior Judge John M. Cleland ordered defense counsel to reveal with whom they shared discovery materials, which a filing described as akin to forcing the defense to reveal case strategies.

"The net effect of the court's order is to invade the province of attorney work product," Mr. Rominger wrote.

In addition, he wrote that the court lacked the authority to retroactively impose such an order.

Mr. Rominger also complains that the order is in error because it is not reciprocal upon the attorney general's office, as well.

Mr. Sandusky was convicted last month on 45 criminal counts that he sexually abused 10 boys across 15 years and is expected to be sentenced within 90 days.

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Paula Reed Ward: or 412-263-2620.


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