STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (KDKA) — Penn State has had two head football coaches since Joe Paterno died during the scandal surrounding Jerry Sandusky that turned things upside down at State College.
On campus, students have moved on, but some of the issues that made headlines four years ago will soon be back in the headlines.
Jerry Sandusky is traveling from his prison cell in Greene County to the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, the same courthouse where he was convicted of molesting 10 boys over a 13-year period.
He wants to convince the judge who sentenced him that extraordinary circumstances during his trial should allow him to subpoena witnesses and review prosecution records to help him prove he didn’t get a fair trial.
Many of the victims testified at trial about the abuse.
But the unnamed Victim 2, the one former assistant coach Mike McQueary says he saw being abused by Sandusky in a shower did not testify. The defense wants to take a deposition from the person they think is Victim 2.
Among Sandusky’s claims in court documents is that “the prosecutor in his summation lied to the jury about his knowledge of who Victim 2 was.”
The defense thinks he was sympathetic toward Sandusky at one time.
In court filings the prosecution argues: “Subpoenas… for deposition testimony… clearly evidences [Sandusky’s] concern that he has failed to generate the existence of any genuine issues of material fact.”
Since then, attorneys claiming to represent Victim 2 released voicemails claiming that Sandusky was trying to influence the alleged victim just before he was charged in 2011.
All of this is history to a new generation of Penn state students, trying to move forward. Many were not students there during the height of the scandal.
“I don’t think people talk about it much really anymore,” said Penn a State student Adam Capuana. “I haven’t heard anyone talk about it, personally.”
But once again the scandal will be in the news when Sandusky’s post-conviction hearing begins Thursday morning.