Judge handling Sandusky’s appeal removes himself from case

 

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The judge who has presided over Jerry Sanduskyás criminal case for five years is removing himself from the former Penn State assistant coachás appeal.

Judge John Cleland issued an sternly worded order Friday taking himself off the case because Sanduskyás lawyers have raised objections to Clelandás role in a December 2011 meeting in a State College hotel the night before Sandusky waived the preliminary hearing.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Heás appealing under the Post-Conviction Relief Act, which is limited to claims of constitutional violations, newly discovered evidence or ineffective counsel.

Sandusky says waiving the hearing was a critical mistake.

A spokesman for state prosecutors declined to comment. Sandusky appeals lawyer Al Lindsay didnát return messages.

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