Friday June 1 2012

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FRIDAY, JUNE 1, 2012

SANDUSKY SCANDAL

LAWYERS ARE SCHEDULED TO BEGIN PICKING A JURY FOR THE JERRY SANDUSKY TRIAL ON TUESDAY, BUT HIS DEFENSE TEAM HAS FILED A PETITION FOR REVIEW AND AN APPLICATION FOR A STAY WITH THE STATE SUPERIOR COURT IN HARRISBURG. ATTORNEY JOE AMENDOLA HAS CLAIMED THAT PROSECUTORS ARE NOT SHARING EVIDENCE AND HE NEEDS MORE TIME TO PREPARE HIS CASE. NO COMMENT FROM THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE.

MEANWHILE, WJAC REPORTS THAT DEFENSE ATTORNEY JOE AMENDOLA IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROCESS OF SELECTING A JURY POOL. HE PLANS TO FILE COURT DOCUMENTS, CLAIMING THAT PROSECUTORS ARE CONDUCTING SECRET BACKGROUND CHECKS ON POTENTIAL JURORS…AND THAT COULD VIOLATE THEIR RIGHT TO PRIVACY. 600 LETTERS WERE MAILED OUT TO PROSPECTIVE JURORS. THEY ASK QUESTIONS ABOUT POLITICAL AFFILIATIONS AND OTHER ISSUES. AMENDOLA ALSO SUGGESTS PROSECUTORS ARE DIGGING FOR OTHER PERSONAL INFORMATION AT TAXPAYER EXPENSE.

THE DEADLINE FOR FORMER PENN STATE ADMINISTRATORS TIM CURLEY AND GARY SCHULTZ TO FILE PRE-TRIAL MOTIONS FOR DISCOVERY AND INSPECTION IS TODAY, BUT THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES REPORTS THAT BOTH MEN ARE ASKING THE COURT FOR MORE TIME. A PRE-TRIAL CONFERENCE IS SCHEDULED TODAY AND THEIR LAWYERS WILL ASK THAT THE CHARGE OF FAILURE TO REPORT SUSPECTED ABUSE BE DISMISSED BECAUSE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS IS PASSED.

PENN STATE PRESIDENT RODNEY ERICKSON SAYS THE UNIVERSITY IS MOVING FORWARD FROM THE JERRY SANDUSKY SCANDAL. HE TOLD THE CENTRE DAILY TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD YESTERDAY THAT THERE HAVE BEEN MANY STUDENT AND FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE PAST 6 MONTHS…AND THE UNIVERSITY IS TAKING A LEADERSHIP ROLE IN PREVENTING CHILD ABUSE. AS OF THIS WEEK, PENN STATE HAD RECEIVED 115-THOUSAND APPLICATIONS FOR ITS INCOMING FRESHMAN CLASS. OFFICIALS ARE EXPECTING IT TO NUMBER BETWEEN 74- AND 76-HUNDRED STUDENTS AT UNIVERSITY PARK, NOT A RECORD-BREAKING CLASS SIZE, BUT LARGER THAN EXPECTED. PENN STATE FACULTY MEMBERS HAVE RECEIVED 700 MILLION DOLLARS IN RESEARCH AWARDS, UP 15 PERCENT FROM LAST YEAR.

FLASHER IS GUILTY

A CENTRE COUNTY JURY YESTERDAY FOUND ACCUSED SERIAL FLASHER 34 YEAR OLD RYAN HO OF STATE COLLEGE GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS. THE TAIWAN NATIVE WAS CHARGED WITH ENTERING THE HOMES, APARTMENTS, AND DORM ROOMS OF AT LEAST 16 WOMEN…EXPOSING AND TOUCHING HIMSELF…AND GROPING SOME OF THE WOMEN. ALL BETWEEN AUGUST OF 2009 AND LAST MAY. HO WAS NOT ABLE TO EXPLAIN WHY HIS DNA WAS FOUND AT ONE CRIME SCENE OR WHY HE HAD A SKI MASK AND OTHER ITEMS IN HIS POSSESSION WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED.
SENTENCING IS SET FOR AUGUST 3RD.

BAIL RAISED FOR DRUG SUSPECTS

A DISTRICT JUDGE YESTERDAY ORDERED AMANDA O’KELLY AND DERRICK SAMUELS OF PITTSBURGH TO STAND TRIAL ON DRUG CHARGES. STATE POLICE PULLED OVER THEIR RENTAL CAR LAST WEEK ALONG I-99 AND FOUND 100-THOUSAND HITS OF HEROIN IN THE TRUNK. THE DRUG COULD HAVE A STREET VALUE OF UP TO 2-MILLION DOLLARS. O’KELLEY’S 7 MONTH OLD CHILD WAS IN THE BACK SEAT. BAIL FOR BOTH SUSPECTS WAS RAISED TO 750-THOUSAND DOLLARS CASH.

LAWMAKERS WORKING ON A BUDGET

WITH JUST OVER A MONTH LEFT IN THE CURRENT FISCAL YEAR, REPUBUBLICAN LAWMAKERS ARE WORKING ON A BUDGET AGREEMENT TO PRESENT TO THE GOVERNOR. DUE TO IMPROVED REVENUE COLLECTIONS IN MARCH AND APRIL, THE SPENDING PLAN PASSED BY THE SENATE RESTORED SOME OF THE CUTS MADE IN TOM CORBETT’S INITIAL PROPOSAL. HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER MIKE TURZAI SAYS HIS CAUCUS WANTS TO BE SURE THAT IF THE STATE SYSTEM OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND STATE-RELATED UNIVERSITIES HAVE MOST OF THEIR CUTS RESTORED, THEY WON’T TURN AROUND AND RAISE TUITION.

MAJOR FUNDRAISER

THE 11TH ANNUAL TRASH TO TREASURE SALE WILL BE HELD TOMORROW AT BEAVER STADIUM, AND ORGANIZERS ARE HOPING TO RAISE MORE THAN 50-THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THE CENTRE COUNTY UNITED WAY. FOR SALE ARE THOUSANDS OF ITEMS DONATED BY PENN STATE STUDENTS WHO MOVED OUT AFTER THE SCHOOL YEAR ENDED. INCLUDED IN THIS YEAR’S SALE ARE 275 PAIRS OF BRAND-NEW NIKE FOOTBALL SHOES DONATED BY THE ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT. THE SALE WILL ALSO FEATURE RAFFLES FOR PENN STATE MEMORABILIA AND NEW FOOTBALL COACH BILL O’BRIEN WILL BE THERE FOR THE KICK OFF AT 7:30AM.