“HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A judge ruled Monday that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky can have supervised contact with most of his grandchildren, saying there was no evidence that the children’s parents wouldn’t be able to keep them safe.”
I hope someone asked the grand kids if they want to see Jerry.
“Judge John Cleland also rejected requests by prosecutors that jurors be brought in from outside the State College area to hear the case and that Sandusky remain indoors while on home confinement before trial.
“The commonwealth failed to present any evidence whatsoever that the defendant presents a clearly defined threat to any student at the adjoining elementary school simply by being on his deck,” Cleland wrote. “No evidence was presented that at any time the defendant made any effort to contact any of the children by signaling or calling to them, or that he made any gestures directed toward them, or that he acted in any inappropriate way whatsoever.”
Maybe not, but his thoughts probably pierced those kids like daggers.
“Sandusky’s lawyer issued a statement saying Sandusky, his wife and their family were “relieved by and pleased with” the visitation ruling, which pertains to all but three of his 11 grandchildren, ages 2 to 14. Those three children are involved in a custody case, and Cleland deferred decisions about any visits from them to the judge handling that matter.
“Sandusky lost a request to force prosecutors to disclose the names, addresses and birth dates of witnesses.
“While we are happy with the outcome of Friday’s hearings, we realize, nevertheless, a number of difficult legal battles lie ahead of us,” his lawyer, Joe Amendola, said in a statement. “We will continue to work very hard in preparing Jerry’s defense with the ultimate goal of obtaining Jerry’s acquittal.”
“The judge said all but one of the parents of Sandusky’s grandchildren have allowed for visitation. Jill Thomas, the mother of three of his grandchildren, says it’s not safe.
She released a statement through her lawyer saying in part:
“I cannot understand how a court could place the desires of someone who is criminally charged with sexually abusing children above the safety of children.”