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Former Sandusky Co-Counsel Complies with 2012 Order to Keep Evidence Private

by on May 06, 2014 11:44 AM

An attorney who represented former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky during his child sexual abuse trial has complied with a 2012 court order to seal case evidence.

Court records show that defense attorney Karl Rominger complied with the court order, which required Rominger to submit an inventory of all Sandusky case evidence the court says must be kept private.

The court issued the order June 26, 2012; however, Rominger did not comply at that time. Chief Deputy Attorney General James Barker filed a motion in March asking the court to instruct Rominger to comply with the protective order that requires evidence not used in trial to remain secret.

In April, Special Presiding Judge John Cleland issued a new order in Centre County Common Pleas Court saying Rominger must explain by May 1 why he did not comply.

Court records show Rominger filed the inventory last week. The document is not a public record.

The judge issued the initial order in 2012 after someone released an audio recording of a state police interview with Jerry Sandsuky's adopted son, Matt Sandusky. Portions of the recording were played during an interview with Matt Sandusky on NBC's Today Show. During the interview, Matt Sandusky says Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him as a child.

Afterward, the judge said attorneys could not release any evidence from the case, including from the investigating grand jury process, that was not already made public during Sandusky's trial. The intent was to protect the privacy of victims and others who provided testimony.

The judge gave defense attorneys 10 days to supply an inventory of all evidence protected under the order. Co-counsel Joe Amendola submitted an inventory list July 6, 2012. However, Rominger did not file a list and instead appealed the order to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, where it was denied.

Barker argued in March that Rominger reportedly said he intended to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court, but never did and the deadline for such an appeal expired. Therefore, Barker asked the court to issue a new deadline for Rominger to comply with the original order.

Rominger, who works out of Carlisle, is facing other legal troubles. Earlier this month he voluntarily surrendered his law license to the state as he is under investigation.

Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed said in a statement his office received information regarding Rominger possibly misappropriating funds. Freed said Rominger, and his attorney William Costopoulos, are cooperating with the investigation.

A jury found Sandusky guilty of 45 counts of child abuse. A judge sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in state prison.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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