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Sandusky Case: Amendola Denies Wrongdoing in Issuing Subpoenas

by on April 27, 2012 1:50 PM

Updated at 4:50 p.m.

Jerry Sandusky's attorney, Joseph Amendola, denied the allegations he was improperly using subpoena power and expects to file a response to the Commonwealth's motion next week, he wrote in an email Friday afternoon.

He declined further comment because of the gag order issued by Judge John M. Cleland.

Earlier at 1:50 p.m.

State prosecutors are saying Jerry Sandusky's lead attorney, Joseph Amendola, is improperly using subpoena power in his client's defense case.

Subpoenas issued to Pennsylvania State Police, Penn State Police, the superintendent of Central Mountain School District and the US Department of Labor and Industry call for the recipient to appear in Centre County Courthouse on May 16, when a pretrial status conference, in which no testimony will be given, is scheduled, according to a court motion filed Friday.

They also list the names and ages of the alleged victims.

"The Commonwealth need not underscore . . . the spectacular irresponsibility of treating secret information in that fashion," reads the document, filed Friday in Centre County Court by Senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan.

The Commonwealth is asking the court to direct Amendola to immediately stop issuing such subpoenas and withdraw ones already served.

Sandusky is awaiting trial on 52 charges in a child sexual abuse case. He maintains his innocence.

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