Attorney: Sandusky accusers may have conspired against him
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Attorneys for Jerry Sandusky said this morning that the accusers in the sexual abuse case against him may have "collaborated" to bring charges against him.
In a motion filed in Centre County Common Pleas Court, attorney Joe Amendola asked the court to compel the state attorney general's office to provide him with a variety of outstanding discovery materials, including the phone numbers of the 10 alleged victims in the case.
"The defendant believes the accusers may have collaborated with each other in making these false accusations," Mr. Amendola wrote.
Without obtaining phone numbers, the defense will be unable to get necessary phone records to determine if the witnesses had contact with each other "at critical times during the commonwealth's investigation and prosecution in his cases."
The defense started receiving evidence, called discovery, in the case on Jan. 17, and received names of eight of 10 accusers on Feb. 3. However, Mr. Amendola claims that much of the materials, including investigative reports, include redactions, "ranging from single entries through to and including full pages."
Senior Judge John M. Cleland, who is presiding over the case, has scheduled the matter to be argued on Friday, along with previously filed motions by the government asking for a jury from outside Centre County to be brought in to hear the case, and a motion by Mr. Sandusky asking that his bail be modified so that he may visit with his grandchildren.
First Published February 7, 2012 1:09 pm