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Joe McGettigan, Another State Attorney, File to Withdraw During Sandusky Appeal

by on August 10, 2012 6:00 AM

Joe McGettigan and Jonelle Eshbach, state attorneys who prosecuted Jerry Sandusky, have filed with the Pennsylvania Superior Court to withdraw while the defense appeals Judge John Cleland's protective order. 

In court documents dated Aug. 8, McGettigan and Eshbach requested to withdraw their appearances. 

Alternately, attorney James Barker, also from the Attorney General's Office, filed an entry of appearance also on Wednesday. 

Co-counsel for Sandusky, Karl Rominger filed documents on July 12 to appeal a protective order Judge John Cleland signed on June 26. Cleland signed a gag order banning anyone involved with the Sandusky case from discussing with the public or media any information not presented at trial. 

Cleland signed an order directing Rominger to file further documentation explaining his reasoning for the appeal. As of Aug. 1, Rominger had 10 days to file. 

Sandusky, 68, was convicted on 45 of 48 charges of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He awaits sentencing pending the fulfillment of all necessary psychological exams. 

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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