By Marty Griffin

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Jerry Sandusky wants out of isolation; he wants healthier food and says he has no intention of taking his own life. That is the word from Sandusky’s attorney.

Sandusky is okay, according to his attorney. It has been reported that he’s on suicide watch.

“Here he was put on administrative, one-on-one detention with the idea that he might need a suicide watch, but to be released from it should the psychologist clear him. So, it was a measure that was done ahead of time,” said Karl Rominger, co-counsel for Sandusky. “The judge just did it in an abundance of caution that way.”

Sandusky doesn’t like isolation and wants to be evaluated and moved as soon as possible.

“Yeah, the idea of permanent protective custody is a fear,” said Rominger. “But the reality is, again, our state prison system generally house people with like offenders. So, the good news is, there’s a good chance whoever he ends up bunking with or on the block with is going to have similar offenses.”

His attorney is convinced Sandusky will not be in prison for life, regardless of the current situation.

“There’s still some optimism that there may be some appellate issues, which would free him; so, it may not be day 800 that we have to worry about as long as we make it through the first year or so,” Rominger added.

The appeal, based on what his attorney believes, is not nearly enough time to get Sandusky ready for trial.

“We believe that, for instance, the police tape that we did find was substantially helpful in attempting to discredit the witnesses,” Rominger said. “We believe it could have been bolstered with other material given more time to develop it, understand it and effectively figure out how to implement it.”

Meantime, Rominger says he is sticking with the Sandusky case.

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