Sandusky Gets New Judge
And this time, it's not one connected to his charity
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2011 8:12 AM CST
Former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky sits in a car as he leaves the office of Centre County Magisterial District Judge Leslie A. Dutchcot, Nov. 5, 2011.   (AP Photo/The Patriot-News, Andy Colwell, File)
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(Newser) – District Judge Leslie Dutchot is off the Jerry Sandusky case, after a public outcry over her ties to Sandusky’s charity for troubled kids, the New York Daily News reports. She’ll be replaced by an out-of-county judge who "has no known connections with the Pennsylvania State University, the Second Mile charity, nor any officers or representatives of any of those entities," the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts said in a statement (pdf here).

Dutchot has donated to and volunteered for Sandusky’s Second Mile, and has hence taken heat for not recusing herself from the case. She had set Sandusky’s bail at $100,000, unsecured, and barred him from unsupervised contact with children; prosecutors had wanted $500,000 bail and an ankle bracelet.