Judge denied Sandusky lawyers’ request to resign
By MARK SCOLFORO and GENARO C. ARMAS June 23, 2012 4:36PM
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, leaves the Centre County Courthouse in custody with Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau, left, after being found guilty of multiple charges of child sexual abuse in Bellefonte, Pa., Friday, June 22, 2012. Sandusky was convicted of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that had sent shock waves through the college campus known as Happy Valley and led to the firing of Penn State's beloved Hall of Fame coach, Joe Paterno. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers say they asked to resign from his child sex abuse case on the eve of trial but the judge turned them down.
Defense attorney Karl Rominger said Saturday he and co-counsel Joe Amendola made the motion as jury selection began but Judge John Cleland ruled against it.
Rominger says the exchange took place in chambers and the motion was filed under seal.
Rominger and Amendola have repeatedly argued they didn’t have enough time to properly prepare for a case involving allegations of serious sex offenses and a lengthy grand jury and police investigation.
Sandusky is spending his first full day in jail after being found guilty of 45 child abuse counts. He has maintained his innocence.