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Trial Attorney for Jerry Sandusky has Surrendered License to Practice Law

by on March 13, 2014 4:30 PM

An attorney who represented Jerry Sandusky during his child sexual abuse trial has surrendered his license to practice law.

Karl Rominger, a defense attorney in Carlisle, voluntarily surrendered his law license to the state, according to Cumberland Bar Association President Ivo Otto III.

Otto issued a statement Thursday in response to an ongoing investigation regarding Rominger's handling of client funds related to a divorce. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will determine the effective date of the surrender, "which is reasonably expected to occur in the very near future," Otto said.

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

"My office is leading an investigation into the potential misappropriation of a significant amount of client funds by Rominger," Freed said. "We have handled many significant theft investigations in the last few years. Such investigations are document driven, and, done correctly, require complex forensic accounting. We are currently engaged in that process."

Anyone with information regarding the investigation can contact the Cumberland District Attorney's Office – Criminal Investigation Division at 717-240-6217.

The bar association has received numerous requests from Rominger's clients seeking assistance in obtaining case files. The association says clients with concerns can contact Robin Beck at (717) 360 2426.

Rominger's clients can also contact the Cumberland County Bar Association at 717-249-3166 for information about the lawyer referral service.

Additionally, the association highlighted the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security. This Fund, created by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1982, receives all of its financial support from licensed attorneys through an annual assessment with a portion paid to the fund and a portion paid to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

"This Fund was established and is maintained to reimburse victims of attorney dishonesty in the practice of law, with the goal of preserving the integrity of the legal profession and further to promote public confidence in the legal system and the administration of justice in Pennsylvania," Otto said.

Anyone who may have been the victim of attorney dishonesty may file a claim with the fund at Client Security Fund at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center, 601 Commonwealth Avenue, Suite 5400, Harrisburg, PA 17120 or 800-962-4618.

Rominger and Joseph Amendola represented Sandusky, a former Penn State football coach, during his child sexual abuse trial. 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 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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