Sandusky And Amendola Prepare For Friday’s Hearing
By Oren Liebermann
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS) — Attorney Joe Amendola met with Jerry Sandusky at Sandusky’s home Thursday afternoon to prepare for Friday’s hearing. Sandusky, confined to house arrest, will ask the judge for permission to see his grandchildren, something he is not allowed to do under his bail conditions.
“Every time he opens up his front door, a neighbor calls the Attorney General’s office saying he violated his bail conditions,” says Amendola.
Sandusky’s bail will be one of the issues taken up in court, as the former defensive coordinator accused of childhood sexual abuse prepares for trial. Prosecutors have asked for a jury from outside of Centre County, while Amendola wants the jury from within. All along, Sandusky has maintained his innocence.
“He’s holding up,” says Amendola. “It’s been very difficult because, even though he’s home, he’s essentially a prisoner.”
Neighbors have put up signs in support of childhood abuse victims. Sanduksy’s property borders Lemont Elementary School, and allowing him outside is too close for Lisa Harrington.
“He’s an accused child molester who lives right next to a school,” Harrington says.
Harrington has two kids at the school. She says she would like to see Sandusky remain indoors if he is not kept in jail.
“We’d rather see him in jail, but he’s out on bail, and he was lucky with what he got,” says Harrington.
Amendola will ask the judge to delay a hearing on pre-trial discovery.