Sandusky could face even more charges

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Sandusky could face even more charges

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP)Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sanduskys status as a free man could change if additional accusers surface and police file new charges, as his lawyer fears.

Its possible that the ex-coach, who is accused of sexual abuse of eight boys over 15 years, could then find himself with such a high bail he would not be able to pay it, criminal defense lawyers said Tuesday.

Prosecutors dont have to start all over, said Lemoyne defense attorney Bill Costopoulos. The additional counts would result in another arrest, another bail piece, another preliminary hearing date being set.

Sandusky was initially released on 100,000 bail unsecured, meaning he didnt have to post any collateral to be freed.

Sanduskys lawyer, Joe Amendola, told ABCs Good Morning America on Tuesday he was worried there may soon be new criminal allegations against his client.

My concern is, if they bring new charges based upon new people coming forward, that bails going to be set and hes going to wind up in jail, said Amendola, who has not returned multiple phone messages from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The district judge who set bail when Sandusky was arrested Nov. 5, Leslie Dutchcot of State College, was replaced with a senior district judge from western Pennsylvania after her ties to Sanduskys charity surfaced. The court order said the change was designed to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

The new judge, Robert E. Scott, would be making decisions about bail in the context of public outrage over the allegations, which include charges that Sandusky found victims among boys being helped by The Second Mile charity.

The more charges, the more serious it becomes, and of course Ive heard public outcry that his bail is unsecured and its too low, said Tunkhannock defense attorney Gerald Grimaud. Any new judge or district magistrate is not tone deaf. Im sure theyre reading things in the news media and watching things on TV like everybody else.

Until the preliminary hearing, which was pushed back by a week on Tuesday to Dec. 13, prosecutors can seek to have bail modified by the district judge, said Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin. After that hearing, bail changes would have to be pursued by a county court petition, he said.

Martin said criminal complaints can also be amended prior to a preliminary hearing, but afterward the defendant would have to be re-arrested, and then the prosecution and defense would argue over whether to consolidate the two sets of charges for trial.

A spokesman for the attorney generals office did not return messages seeking comment.

Jose Quintana, White Sox five-game winning streak snapped with loss to Rays

Jose Quintana, White Sox five-game winning streak snapped with loss to Rays

The playoffs were the ultimate goal and he probably would have liked another victory on Thursday night.

But Jose Quintana has plenty to be pleased about when he takes stock of his 2016 campaign, which ended with a 5-3 White Sox loss to the Tampa Rays in front of 14,792 at U.S. Cellular Field. The first-time All-Star’s record dropped to 13-12 after he allowed two earned runs in six innings in his final start, but not before Quintana established career highs for innings pitched, strikeouts and earned-run average.

Rays pitcher Chris Archer won to avoid becoming the first pitcher since 2003 to lose 20 games and Carlos Sanchez homered in the losing effort. The loss also guaranteed a fourth straight losing season for the White Sox, who haven’t made the playoffs since 2008.

No surprise, Quintana didn’t receive any run support yet again. He entered the game ranked 116th out of 132 qualified starting pitchers in run support with an average of 3.8 runs per contest. Archer had plenty to do with the latest round of inadequacy when it comes to supporting Quintana as he kept the White Sox under wraps until Sanchez’s two-run homer in the seventh made it a two-run game. Archer allowed three earned in 6 2/3 innings to improve to 9-19.

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But Quintana was good enough to win yet again in a season full of comparable efforts.

He allowed a run in the second inning on a bloop RBI single by Alexei Ramirez and another in the fourth on a solo homer by Mikie Mahtook. Other than that he was his normal efficient self, striking out seven and limiting the Rays to two runs and five hits in six innings.

The effort lowered his ERA to 3.20 (his previous low was 3.32 in 2014). He also surpassed his previous high-inning mark of 206 1/3 with 208 this season. And, Quintana finished with 181 strikeouts, three more than he in 2014.

Preview: Cubs open final series of year against Reds on CSN

Preview: Cubs open final series of year against Reds on CSN

The Cubs open their final series of the year against the Cincinnati Reds on Friday, and you can catch all the action on CSN at 6:10 p.m. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

Starting pitching matchup: Jake Buchanan (0-0. 9.00 ERA) vs. Josh Smith (3-2, 4.77 ERA)

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