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Sandusky Judge Rejects Prosecution’s Attempt To Stop Defense From Issuing Subpoenas

(Defense attorney Joseph Amendola addresses reporters outside the Centre County courthouse on March 12, 2012) (Credit: Tony Romeo)

(Defense attorney Joseph Amendola addresses reporters outside the Centre County courthouse on March 12, 2012) (Credit: Tony Romeo)

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By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa (CBS) — The judge presiding over the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case denied the prosecution’s motion to stop the defense from issuing subpoenas on Thursday.

Before the judge’s ruling, Sandusky’s lawyer fired back in court documents responding to allegations that he abused subpoena power.

Hours before the judge rejected the prosecution’s motion, Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola — in a court-filed response to that motion — asserted his use of subpoenas is proper.

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The response went on to contend that based on limited information given by the prosecution, Sandusky’s defense has already discovered that the Commonwealth provided criminal records which failed to indicate that one of the alleged victims was convicted of robbery, and that the prosecution failed to advise them with reports that another accuser had made a false allegation that an “unknown adult male related to the Second Mile” had approached him in a bathroom at his high school.

The defense claims it is seeking that kind of information that is critical to the issue of the credibility of witnesses.

A hearing is scheduled next week on outstanding discovery issues and several other motions to quash defense subpoenas.

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