HARRISBURG - Juniata College has requested the judge overseeing Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse case to throw out a defense subpoena seeking information from "certain documents, records or reports" held by the college.
A law firm representing Juniata College says the request from Sandusky's legal team is not lawful and constitutes a "fishing expedition," according to a motion filed on Thursday.
CBS 21 News first reported last December that Sandusky helped coach the football team at Juniata College in 2010, despite being denied an official coaching position there.
"Juniata's peripheral presence in the investigation of Jerry Sandusky is a matter of public record and the College played no role in the charges leveled against the defendant," said John Wall, Juniata College's director of media relations, in an email to CBS 21 News Sports Director Jason Bristol. "A broad subpoena to compel participation in a process in which Juniata had no role is why the College seeks to quash the subpoena."
Juniata College football players told Bristol that Sandusky was actively involved with the Eagles program, even though his volunteer coaching application was rejected because a background check revealed he was being investigated at a Clinton County High School.
The school says it later told then-coach Carmen Felus three times to get rid of Sandusky, but claims he disobeyed orders.
Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola is defending the use of defense subpoenas and asking a judge to order prosecutors to provide more documents and other information as he prepares for trial on child sexual abuse charges.
Amendola made a pair of legal filings Thursday, one in response to attacks by the attorney general's office and others to defense subpoenas. The other is a "motion to compel" that asks Judge John Cleland to order the release of prosecution materials "forthwith."
Amendola's response to the prosecution's bid to have the subpoenas thrown out says the attorney general's office doesn't have legal standing to get involved in his effort to seek materials and information from third parties.
He says the material he's asking for is critical to the defense's preparation.
Sandusky, 68, faces trial in June on charges he sexually abused 10 boys over a 15-year period, including violent sexual attacks inside Penn State football facilities.
Sandusky, confined to his home until trial on 52 criminal counts, has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Some information from The Associated Press was used in this report. This story has been updated to reflect statement from Juniata College.