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“How does Sandusky waiving his preliminary hearing affect new victims?”

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Below is SchmidtKramer’s Senior Partner Charles Schmidt commenting on WHP-TV 21 In Harrisburg on the lastest in the Sandusky case and reacting to Mr. Sandusky waiving his preliminary hearing.


Reported by: Annie McCormick Email: anniemccormick@cbs21.com
Contributor: Nate Wardle

Attorneys representing an alleged victim who could potentially be victim number eleven in the Sandusky case kept a close eye on Tuesday’s developments.

Sandusky waiving his preliminary hearing may affect the civil case that attorneys plan to file in the coming weeks. The resolution of the criminal case may at some point speed up the civil cases, although anything like that is speculative at this point.

“My initial reaction was surprise,” stated Chuck Schmidt when asked about his reaction to Jerry Sandusky waiving his preliminary hearing.

CBS 21 News first told you a week ago that Schmidt had announced that his firm had another possible victim. But that victim is not part of the ten in the original presentment.

They do plan to file a civil suit against Sandusky, PSU and The Second Mile. Schmidt’s new client could also be added to the Attorney General’s case.

“All I can say is that we have been in contact with the AG’s Office and that matter is still pending,” Schmidt added. Schmidt was watching what happened on Tuesday very closely.

“I think waiving the preliminary means he admits that there is sufficient evidence of the crime,” Schmidt explained. He did add that he is cautious to consider how this may affect the civil case.

Friday’s preliminary hearing for Schultz and Curley on perjury charges could change the legally landscape depending on how witness Mike McQueary testifies. Recently there have been conflicting stories about the alleged rape in the shower.

Schmidt will be in court on Friday, and even if perjury charges are dismissed, he is still confident his case will remain unharmed.

Schmidt does plan to file a civil suit before the end of the year; the question is what area to file it in. They do not want to file it in Centre County because they do not believe it will get a fair trial.

They may file it in Dauphin County or in Philadelphia

For a link to the interview click on the WHP-TV 21 website below:

http://www.schmidtkramer.com/blog/wp-admin/post.php?post=1481&action=edit