JERRY SANDUSKY SENT TO SUPERMAX PRISON

Jerry Sandusky the former Penn State assistant football coach who was convicted of 45 counts of child molestation and sentenced to an indeterminant term of 30 to 60 years at 68 years old. After he was sentenced he was housed at a holding facility at Camp Hill near Harrisburg for evaluation until the Department of Corrections could decide on permanent housing for him. They have now decided to place him in the maximum security State Correctional Institution in Greene County. […] Read more »

JERRY SANDUSKY CLAIMS INNOCENCE PRIOR TO SENTENCING

Tomorrow former Penn State Assistant Football Coach, Jerry Sandusky is scheduled to be sentenced. He was found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Today Sandusky released a statement denying guilt and claiming that he was the victim of a conspiracy between the victims, media, investigators, the justice system, Penn State, psychologists, and civil attorneys. No judge wants to hear from a defendant that he/she is innocent at sentencing. Particularly in a case like this […] Read more »

PROSECUTORS MOVE FOR CHANGE OF VENIRE IN JERRY SANDUSKY CASE

Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky trial asked that jurors be chosen from a neighboring county for the Centre County Pennsylvania trial. Sandusky the former Penn State assistant football coach is charged with 52 counts of sexual assault involving ten teenage boys over a fifteen year period. The case has drawn international attention since it involves allegations that the legendary former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno failed to take proper action upon learning of the abuse. The attorney general alleged in […] Read more »

FIRST CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS UPHOLDS CONVICTION OF PEDOPHILIAC

Eduardo Dávila-Nieves (Dávila) was convicted attempting “to induce a person he believed to be a minor to engage in sexual activity.” He made telephone contact with a thirteen year old girl, Y. G. Eventually their telephone conversations turned to sex. He attempted to meet her but her parents found out about the conversation and reported the conversations to the authorities. After this happened Y.G. told Davila that her parents took away her cell phone and that in the future he […] Read more »

REASONS FOR JERRY SANDUSKY TO WAIVE THE PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION

Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at Penn State waived his preliminary examination on charges of child molestation. His lawyer, Joseph Amendola said that the primary reason for waiving a preliminary examination was that the district attorney planned to ask for an increase in Sandusky’s $250,000 bail at the end of the preliminary examination. Certainly a judge may raise the bail at the preliminary examination. But most jurisdictions allow defendants, or their friends on behalf of defendants to put […] Read more »

SUPREME COURT FINDS DISTRICT ATTORNEY MADE A GOOD FAITH EFFORT TO OBTAIN VICTIM’S TESTIMONY AT RETRIAL

The Supreme Court reinstated an Illinois conviction for two counts of sexual assault. Irving L. Cross was tried on charges of kidnapping and sexual assault. The victim, though afraid, testified. Hardy was found not guilty of kidnapping and the jury hung on the sexual assault charge. The district attorney wanted to retry the case. Despite the victim’s alleged readiness to testify at the second trial she disappeared prior to the trial. The victim’s mother, brother, and father told investigators that […] Read more »

BISHOP INDICTED FOR FAILURE TO REPORT SEXUAL ABUSE OF YOUNG GIRLS BY PRIEST

Robert Finn, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Kansas City Missouri, was indicted Friday on misdemeanor charges of failure to report child abuse by one of his priests. The priest, Rev. Shawn Ratigan was indicted in May. This is the first time an American bishop has been criminally charged with failure to comply with mandatory reporting requirements. Most states have mandatory reporting requirements. While the laws vary from state to state they generally requires specific professionals to report suspected incidents of […] Read more »

WARREN JEFFS SENTENCED TO 119 YEARS IN PRISON

Warren Jeffs , the head of the Fundamentalist Church of the Latter-day Saints was sentenced to 119 years in prison after he was convicted in Texas last week of two sexual assaults on underage members of his church who he took as “spiritual” wives. He was given a life sentence of 99 years committing an aggravated sexual assault on a 12 year and an additional 20 years to be served consecutively for a sexual assault on a girl who was […] Read more »

WARREN JEFFS CONVICTED

Warren Jeffs, the head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, finally ended his silence at his trial for the rape of two young girls, Friday. He claimed that the two girls, one 12 and the other 14 were his spiritual wives. Jeffs, who fired his lawyers and is representing himself let go with a 55 minute rant when the prosecutor attempted to place into evidence a list of Jeffs’ wives. He objected to his religion being […] Read more »

COURT GRANTS WARREN JEFFS’ FARETTA MOTION TO REPRESENT HIMSELF

Texas District Court Judge Barbara Walther granted Warren Jeffs’ request to represent himself in his sexual assault trial. Before asking the court to let him represent himself, Jeffs fired his attorneys. This was the seventh set ofattrorneys he fired on the case. The court must grant a motion to represent oneself, known as a Faretta Motion if the request is made knowingly and intelligently and if the defendant is competent. Competence is a very low standard and it is rare […] Read more »