Sandusky also requested the ability to travel to meet with his legal team.
“Our home has been open for 27 years to all kinds of people … now all of a sudden, these people turn on me when they have been in my home with their kids, when they’ve attended birthday parties, when they have been on that deck, when their kids have been playing in my yard … it’s difficult for me to understand, to be honest,” he told reporters after the hearing.
Prosecutors ridiculed Sandusky's request, saying in their motion that “house arrest is not meant to be a house party.”
Senior Deputy Attorney General Jonelle Eshbach writes in the state’s filing that Sandusky is “fortunate to be granted house arrest” in light of the accusations. “He has been granted the privilege of being confined in his home, which is spacious and private, and where he can eat food of his own preference and sleep in his bed at night,” Ms. Eshbach writes.
Judge Cleland did not rule on any of the motions Friday but indicated he might do so “quickly.”
Richard Frankel, a professor at Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law, in Philadelphia, says it's unlikely the judge will find for the prosecution. Bail conditions, Mr. Frankel says, are typically determined on the risks a defendant may pose to the community or to himself, or whether they are a flight risk, none of which sums up Sandusky’s history to date.
“The idea that merely being visible is a threat to the community – that almost sounds like a presumption of guilt over a presumption of innocence. That seems pretty strict,” Frankel says.