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Judge takes himself off Jerry Sandusky resentencing case

By MARK SCOLFOROSeptember 18, 2019
FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2015, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., for a hearing about his appeal. Judge John Foradora, handling the pending re-sentencing of Sandusky, is recusing himself, citing an unspecified recent action by the attorney general's office. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2015, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., for a hearing about his appeal. Judge John Foradora, handling the pending re-sentencing of Sandusky, is recusing himself, citing an unspecified recent action by the attorney general's office. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

The judge handling the pending resentencing of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky took himself off the case Wednesday, citing an unspecified recent action by the state attorney general’s office.

Judge John Foradora’s order recused himself and directed Centre County court officials to ask that another judge be appointed.

Foradora had been brought in from outside Centre County to handle Sandusky’s appeals and resentencing on a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction.

A state prosecutor and Sandusky’s defense lawyer both signed a document Monday that said Foradora should step aside because of the action.

The stipulation by Senior Deputy Attorney General Jennifer Buck and Sandusky defense attorney Al Lindsay said the action by state prosecutors “is separate, distinct and wholly unrelated” to the Sandusky case.

The lawyers’ filing provided no other details, and Foradora’s order did not elaborate on what prompted his decision.

Messages seeking details and comment were left for Foradora, Lindsay and the attorney general’s office.

Foradora is Jefferson County’s president judge and the acting president judge of Elk and Cameron counties, where the single judgeship is currently vacant.

A state appeals court in February turned down most aspects of Sandusky’s broad appeal, including his request for a new trial, but ruled that mandatory minimums had been misapplied and ordered a new sentencing.

Foradora had scheduled the resentencing for next week, but on Monday he put that on hold .

Sandusky, 75, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years after his 2012 conviction and is jailed in the State Correctional Institution at Laurel Highlands.

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