Jerry Sandusky's Post-Conviction Relief Act appeal may be headed toward a conclusion.
Specially-presiding Judge John Foradora of Jefferson County issued an order on Thursday denying a joint motion by Sandusky's attorneys and the Office of the Attorney General to schedule oral arguments for their proposed findings of facts and conclusions of law in the appeal before Foradora makes a decision.
Foradora's order gave no reason for the denial.
Evidentiary hearings in the appeal began in May 2016 as Sandusky sought to have his 2012 conviction vacated and a new trial ordered. Attorneys Al Lindsay and Andrew Salemme are arguing that Sandusky received ineffective counsel before, during and after his trial, where the former Penn State football assistant coach and founder of the Second Mile charity for at-risk youth was convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
Lindsay and Salemme, in hearings that continued periodically over more than a year, have focused on a multitude of issues surrounding Sandusky's trial and his representation at the time by attorney Joe Amendola.
Those issues have involved whether Amendola and the prosecution knew the identity of Victim 2, who did not testify at trial; why Amendola didn't object to various statements made by prosecutors; whether some victims who testified at trial underwent controversial repressed memory therapy; if Sandusky was fully apprised of the consequences of waiving a preliminary hearing; if Amendola should have more vigorously pursued issues of possible grand jury leaks; and why Amendola allowed Sandusky to do a televised interview with Bob Costas after Sandusky's arrest, among other matters.
After a hearing in May of this year, the appeal appeared to be nearing an end. Foradora, who took over the case from original trial Judge John Cleland in February, canceled a follow-up hearing, stating that all witnesses and testimony had been presented.
On July 13, Lindsay and Salemme filed their proposed findings of fact and Senior Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Buck followed on Aug. 23.