Former Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky was arrested Nov. 5, 2011. (Credit: AP Photo/Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, Commonwealth Media Services)
(CBS) BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky's lawyer told a Pennsylvania reporter Monday that his client is not suicidal and wants out of the isolation cell where he is being held after his conviction on 45 counts of child-sex abuse last week.
According to Sara Ganim of the Harrisburg Patriot-News, attorney Karl Rominger was the former Penn State assistant coach's first visitor in the Centre County Jail. Ganim reports that Rominger told her no other visitors have been allowed to see Sandusky while he awaits a psychological evaluation.
"He's anxious to be able to move around," Rominger said. "His exact quote to me: 'I don't think I'm suicidal. I'm dealing with this but if I have to sit around in this cell for a few more days, I am going to go nutty.' "
Ganim won a Pulitzer Prize for her reporting on the Penn State sex abuse scandal.
Rominger, who worked with attorney Joe Amendola on Sandusky's defense, also told the reporter that he is preparing for an appeal on behalf of his client. The appeal, Ganim reports, will be based in part on the massive amount of information Rominger said the defense received just prior to the start of the trial.
"Within the month of May, you'll see we received 1,700 pages of discovery," he said. "Plus 700 in the couple of days (leading up to trial)."
"There's no reason the government couldn't have presented it a lot sooner," he said. "One of the things were piles of police reports, people they spoke to who denied being victims. How are we supposed to run all those people down and talk to them?"