Penn State, NOW the Judges Recuse Themselves.

 HARRISBURG — All the judges in Penn State‘s home county removed themselves from potentially presiding over the child sex-abuse case against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky​ and will be replaced by outside jurists, the Pennsylvania court system announced today.

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts said in a news release that the four Centre County Common Pleas Court judges bowed out “to avoid any appearance of conflict of interest due to real or perceived connections” to Sandusky, the university or the charity for at-risk children Sandusky founded.

John M. Cleland, a senior judge from McKean County, was appointed to take over the case, although another judge, Kathy A. Morrow, was named to handle matters until he can assume jurisdiction.

The court system said neither Cleland nor Morrow, who sits in Perry and Juniata counties, have any known connections to the defendant, the university or the charity.

Cleland chaired the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice, established in the wake of the “kids-for-cash” courthouse scandal in which Luzerne County judges were accused of sending children to private detention centers for kickbacks.

http://www.timesleader.com/AbingtonJournal/news/All-Centre-County-judges-recuse-themselves-from-Sandusky-matters.html#ixzz1eWMw7GF2

Here’s some background on “kids-for-cash.”

http://articles.cnn.com/2009-02-23/justice/pennsylvania.corrupt.judges_1_detention-judges-number-of-juvenile-offenders?_s=PM:CRIME

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