Sandusky Gets OK to See Grandkids

He's also allowed to keep hanging out on his porch
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2012 12:13 PM CST
In this Feb. 10, 2012 file photo, Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing boys, speaks to the media.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – The judge in Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse trial ruled on a bunch of lingering issues today, and it was pretty much good news all around for the former Penn State assistant coach. Judge John Cleland gave Sandusky the OK to see his grandkids so long as their parents supervise the visits. The AP notes that three of his grandchildren were excluded from the ruling, because they're part of a custody battle. More wins for Sandusky:

  • As he requested, he will be tried by a jury of his immediate peers: residents of State College and the surrounding area.
  • The state attorney general's office must share the ages of the children at the time the crimes allegedly occurred; prosecutors need to give up the times, dates, and locations of those alleged encounters.
  • Sandusky will still get to hang out on his porch, even though it provides him a view of kids playing on an adjacent elementary school's playground. "No evidence was presented that at any time the defendant made any effort to contact any of the children by signaling or calling to them, or that he made any gestures directed toward them, or that he acted in any inappropriate way whatsoever," wrote Cleland.
  • Sandusky can draw up a list of 12 adults he'd like to visit with, and make requests to do so, that will be given the yea or nay by county officials. He'll be capped at a total of two hours of visits three times a week.
  • Sandusky lost one request: that prosecutors hand over the names, addresses, and dates of birth of witnesses.

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