Friday, November 22

Initial Report: Sandusky Receives Same Sentence of 30-60 years

An updated post will follow once the court documents have not been posted on the Centre County Media Page

Ray Blehar
November 22, 2019, 5:23 PM EST

Media outlets are reporting that Jerry Sandusky received the same sentence of 30-60 years and, if he serves out his term, will be in prison until age 98.

Sandusky was convicted of 45 of 48 counts in June 2012, however, his 30-60 year sentence was based on only four (4) of the counts that garnered 5 to 10 year sentences and those sentences were to be served consecutively.   The remaining 41 counts were ordered to be served consecutively, including the counts involved in the Victim 8/Janitor incident.

The re-sentencing came as a result of the PA Supreme Court ruling that the Commonwealth's determination of Sexually Violent Predators (SVPs) was unconstitutional and that the mandatory minimum sentences connected to the SVP determination could no longer be applied.

It will be interesting to see how Judge Maureen Skerda compiled the 30-60 year sentence, but it would have been easy for her to get there given she had 41 counts that she could apply consecutively.

Sandusky maintained his innocence at the proceeding.

Thursday, November 21

Supreme Court Shoots Down Fina's Blame-Shifting Arguments

Fina's legal team's flimsy blame-shifting arguments didn't gain much traction at yesterday's Supreme Court hearing

Ray Blehar
November 21, 2019, 12:19 PM EST, Updated 1:12PM EST

Disgraced former AG and Philly DA prosecutor Frank Fina continued his blame-shifting defense at yesterday's Supreme Court hearing according to coverage by The Legal Intelligencer.

While the headline (i.e., spin) of the story by The Legal alleged the hearing showed "Fault Lines Among P.A. Justices,"'s analysis concluded that the justices were simply giving fair time to arguments put forth by the respective legal counsels. 

The bottom line appears to be that the justices shot down Fina's blame-shifting arguments.