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Judge rules Jerry Sandusky can visit his grandchildren, leave home

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The bail restrictions given to former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky have been modified following a scheduled hearing on Friday. Likely to the discomfort of some and outrage of others, Sandusky has been granted certain privileges.

Centre County judge John Cleland ruled Monday that Sandusky will be allowed to see his grandchildren under specific guidelines, as was requested by Sandusky in a written document late last month. Sandusky will be able to visit with his grandchildren in his home provided a parent is present at all times. Sandusky will also be allowed to communicate with his grandchildren via telephone, emails or video chat.

That ruling is still pending for three grandchildren, for whom another judge is hearing a custody battle.


  • Sandusky is allowed to spend time with outside visitors, selected from a list of 12, but they must be approved by his probation office and will be limited to visitation restrictions — two hours, three times a week.
  • Sandusky can leave the confines of his home and sit on his back porch. That porch overlooks an elementary school playground, and prosecutors said Friday that allowing Sandusky to sit outside would be a distraction for the school and the children. Neighbors of Sandusky had complained about Sandusky being able to sit outside while children played.
  • Sandusky can leave his home altogether to assist his defense team provided he notifies his probation office 38 hours in advance and provides a complete itinerary of the events.

Also, the following motions were denied:

  • Prosecutors’ request to select a jury for Sandusky’s trial, tentatively set for May 14, from outside Centre County.
  • Sandusky’s request to have transcripts of witnesses who testified before the grand jury released. Cleland said the judge overseeing the grand jury would have to make that ruling. However, Cleland encouraged prosecutors to work with the supervising judge to “develop a procedure to provide the subject transcripts to the defendant on a schedule which balances the appropriate interests of maintaining the secrecy of the grand jury while still assuring the trial can proceed without unnecessary disruption.”
Sandusky is facing over 50 counts of child sex charges from 10 alleged victims.

(Tip of the cap: Patriot-News) 

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21 Responses to “Judge rules Jerry Sandusky can visit his grandchildren, leave home”
  1. mrslay1 says: Feb 13, 2012 11:32 AM

    What a judge, liberal I’m sure! Lets make sure the crimals are given rights that take away other peoples rights. Just another great example of how upside down the “il-legal” system has become in this country!

  2. quizguy66 says: Feb 13, 2012 12:12 PM

    Gee, MrSlay thanks for immediately making it about politics. You’re a regular Haley Barbour.


  3. bigjdve says: Feb 13, 2012 12:20 PM

    These items really aren’t that bad.

    1. He can see his grandkids (while supervised) – this is something that should make sure nothing happens to the kids.

    2. Even in jail, he would be allowed to see friends from outside during visitation.

    3. If he leaves the house, it is only with his lawyers and must have parole officer acknowledgement of the itinerary – and don’t think that people won’t be following up on that.

    This is reasonable especially considering there isn’t enough to keep him locked up pending trial. He is actually having more restrictions than alot of other people getting ready to go on trial.

    That being said, I think that he should. If he is guilty, then I think they ought to leave him to gen pop with the doors open for a few days.

  4. dickroy says: Feb 13, 2012 12:43 PM

    Yea, let him sit on his back porch and watch elementary kids play. Wonder why he requested that?

  5. bigjdve says: Feb 13, 2012 12:49 PM

    Maybe because he doesn’t have a back porch and the only chance he had of getting out of the house was on an attached porch.

    As I recall, it wasn’t watching the kids play that did it for him, it was watching them shower, so as long as there isn’t any sprinklers going they should be fine.

    And no that isn’t meant to be funny, just mentioning that watching supervised kids, key word supervised and a distance of over 50yds should be okay.

    I am sure that there are people watching him, to make sure he doesn’t do anything.

  6. florida727 says: Feb 13, 2012 12:53 PM

    Almost by default, if/when he gets convicted, there will be built-in opportunities for appeal. The jury selection being one of course. Seriously, who has NOT heard details of this case and has yet to form an opinion?

    Personally, I think he’s as guilty as the day is long (rules me out of jury selection I suppose), but our legal system does afford everyone their day in court, though I question he’ll get his. I think this gets plea-bargained way before it ever goes to trial… keeping in mind that 50 years in prison, instead of “life”, is considered “a plea deal”.

    Question I have is this: if this guy is YOUR grandfather, do you really want to spend time with him?

  7. mrslay1 says: Feb 13, 2012 12:54 PM

    Any time the so called “legal” system is involved, it is about politics!

  8. fcmlefty1 says: Feb 13, 2012 1:05 PM

    I see nothing wrong with letting him outside. It’s alot easier of a target for any potential sharpshooter to take care of this problem…..

  9. deadeye says: Feb 13, 2012 1:24 PM

    “I see nothing wrong with letting him outside. It’s alot easier of a target for any potential sharpshooter to take care of this problem…..”


    You joke about this, but I guarantee you there are many people who don’t want what THEY knew about all this to become public knowledge. Sandusky’s life is in very real danger from those who are still trying to cover up parts of the story.

  10. showerswithsandusky says: Feb 13, 2012 2:00 PM

    He taught kids how to properly take a shower. BFD. Wasting tax payer money on this guy who horsed around in a shower with kids. Hell…it didn’t bother Joe.

  11. dkhhuey says: Feb 13, 2012 2:35 PM

    Uff – just got a little nauseous thinking of this disgusting pedophile sitting on the back deck, in the dead of winter ogling small children. Throw in going to ‘grandpa’s’ house for a touchy feely visit – just makes me want to vomit. Perhaps some of the local yokels can all stand around his porch and clean their firearms and see if there are any ‘oops, didn’t realize there was a bullet or 6 still in the chamber!

  12. mrslay1 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:51 PM

    Good “POINT”

  13. thraiderskin says: Feb 13, 2012 3:49 PM

    damn…. I honestly never would have guessed. innocent to proven guilty yes, but the sheer gravity of the situation should play a role.

  14. lookatthefarside says: Feb 13, 2012 4:21 PM

    Great. Now he’s going to wind up missing like that D.A….

  15. stairwayto7 says: Feb 13, 2012 4:47 PM

    Jerry is Innocent!

    Herbert the pervert from Family Guy

  16. gmen1987 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:12 PM

    mrslay1 says:
    Feb 13, 2012 11:32 AM
    What a judge, liberal I’m sure! Lets make sure the crimals are given rights that take away other peoples rights. Just another great example of how upside down the “il-legal” system has become in this country!
    Goobs, get off the crackpipe. Central Pennsylvania is very conservative and Republican. Jerry Sandusky was a Republican, the DA who refused to bring charges against Sandusky in the late 90’s was a Republican. The judge who allowed Sandusky to post cheap bail was a Republican (and a woman to boot). It was Republican officials who delayed the arrest of Sandusky for a year or two so they wouldn’t anger Penn State supporters.

    Goobs, If you are going to inject politics in this, you are going to look like an idiot. And you are an idiot goobs.

  17. gmen1987 says: Feb 13, 2012 5:14 PM

    quizguy66 says:
    Feb 13, 2012 12:12 PM
    Gee, MrSlay thanks for immediately making it about politics. You’re a regular Haley Barbour.


    Haley Barbour happened to be a big criminal loving governor. He furloughed murderers and other violent criminals.

  18. lakesidegator says: Feb 13, 2012 8:53 PM

    I’m sorry, I must have MISSED SOMETHING!
    Is Sandusky a CONVICTED SEX OFFENDER yet, or do you Fuks think UR ABOVE or OUTSIDE the freaking CONSTITUTION? As far as I am concerned, y’all are no better than a rascist LYNCH-MOB in an earlier American time.
    Give the system a CHANCE. And THEN, if you don’t like the outcome, ask the jurors in his case, and while you’re at it, ask the jurors in the CASEY ANTHONY case.

    Leave it to the system, as we ALL are suppposed to do.


  19. mrslay1 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:16 PM

    Sorry but you have a major point confused. Leaving it to the system is what has to happen… sadly, the “SYSTEM” has little or nothing to do with JUSTICE!

  20. muhangis says: Feb 13, 2012 10:10 PM

    If Judge Cleland’s act of being reasonable about the situation and holding a standard level of compassion makes him “liberal” than so be it. What are ppl honestly afraid of (Mr. Slay)? The purpose of the justice system is to punish reasonably, not punish with no limit. As well to take away all hazards and risks. Which the PA courts is doing quite well in regards to Sandusky. Unless he posed as a threat before to his grand-children or alleged to have made inappropriate contact with them before (which the parents would have knowledge) there is no reason to not allow them to see him. Even if Sandusky was locked up he would still get their visitation right. It is his own grand-kids afterall, under the tight supervision of their parents. It is unfair to punish the grandchildren as well if they miss their grand-dad, if the threat just is not there with them. And visits from other friends and family poses no legitimate threat as well. The guy is under such a tight watch there is no chance of him committing or getting away with sexually abusing a child at this point. It’s all very legit! At the end Mr. Slay has his head stuck too far up his rear.

    And please explain how other people’s rights are being taken away through his allowance to visits??? Looks like your all alone on this one Slay.

  21. muhangis says: Feb 13, 2012 10:23 PM

    And leave it up to the parents. If they really don’t trust him around their children, well then he won’t see them. They should have the ultimate so-say in that, not some outsider member of the law.

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