Sandusky lawyer claims conspiracy possible

Feb. 8, 2012 at 8:06 AM
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A lawyer for former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky alleged accusers in the sexual abuse case against Sandusky may have conspired against him.

In a motion filed in Centre County, Pa., Common Pleas Court Tuesday, attorney Joe Amendola asked the court to compel state prosecutors to provide him with a number of outstanding discovery items, including telephone numbers of the 10 alleged victims, saying the defense "believes the accusers may have collaborated with each other in making these false accusations," the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Sandusky, a defensive coordinator under football coach Joe Paterno, is accused of molesting at least 10 boys he met through his charity for underprivileged children. A grand jury presentment unsealed in November indicated many of the alleged incidents occurred on the Penn State campus.

Without the phone numbers, the defense can't access phone records to determine whether witnesses contacted each other "at critical times during the commonwealth's investigation and prosecution in his cases," Amendola said in the motion.

The defense on Jan. 17 began receiving the discovery evidence, including the names of eight of the 10 accusers. However, Amendola said many of the materials, such as investigative reports, were blacked out. The redactions ranged "single entries through to and including full pages."

Sandusky's lawyer didn't offer proof of collaboration among the accusers nor suggest that the redacted information would exonerate the coach, who has denied the charges, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

Presiding Judge John M. Cleland scheduled a hearing Friday on Amendola's motion, a motion by the state seeking a jury from outside Centre County to be brought in to hear the case and a motion by Sandusky asking that his bail conditions be modified so that he may visit his grandchildren.

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