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Prosecutors File Motion to Dismiss Sandusky Defense's Appeal

by on December 05, 2012 6:31 PM

The Attorney General's Office has asked the Pennsylvania Superior Court to dismiss an appeal filed in June by Karl Rominger, an attorney for Jerry Sandusky, because he wanted a gag order overturned. 

After Sandusky was convicted on June 22, Judge John Cleland ruled that information not used in trial was prohibited from being disseminated to any parties outside of counsel. According to his August appeal, Rominger said the court "erred" in issuing the order.

Cleland asked the court to dismiss the motion in September, and now prosecutors are asking for the same. 

The Attorney General's office wrote in a document filed on Wednesday that the motion should be dismissed because they said Rominger failed to file the appropriate follow-up documents on time, despite having been granted an extension

Around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Rominger (@karl_rominger) tweeted: "I told the staff, some mistakes go unnoticed, but some are more news worthy. But the buck stops with me and I'll take ownership."

Sandusky, 68, was sentenced on Oct. 9 to 30-60 years behind bars for his sex crimes. He was convicted on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He is serving his life sentence in SCI Greene, a maximun-security prison, where he spends 23 hours a day in a single cell. 

1269 MDA 2012 Com v Sandusky, G - Application to Dismiss



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