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Penn State to Talk Settlements with Jerry Sandusky Victims in 2013, Report Says

by on December 22, 2012 10:10 AM

Despite a 2012 deadline Penn State set to settle any lawsuits filed by men who were victims of Jerry Sandusky, the university will continue settlement talks in 2013, according to the Centre Daily Times. 

According to the report, one of the attorneys said he believes both sides have made "excellent progress" so far. 

There are at least 20 men who have filed claims against the university and there could ultimately be close to 30, depending on the corroboration of their stories, according to the Centre Daily Times. 

"We are pleased with the progress so far and remain hopeful that the process will result in settlement of many of the civil cases so that the victims will not have to be drawn through the legal process," Erickson said in a statement to the Centre Daily Times. 

An evidentiary hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 10 at the request of Sandusky's defense team. 

Sandusky, 68, is seeking an appeal of his June 22 conviction. He was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse and is currently serving his 30-60 year sentence in SCI Greene, a maximum security prison, where he is housed in a single cell for roughly 23 hours a day.

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