Judge Has Too Much Invested in Sandusky

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Judge in child abuse scandal donated to charity
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      PITTSBURGH (AP) – A judge who granted unsecured bail to former
Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky also donated
money to the charity he founded.
      The charity is at the center of child sex-abuse charges against
Sandusky.
      District Judge Leslie Dutchcot gave money to The Second Mile in
2009 and volunteered for the group, according to annual reports and
her web page.
      The charity's 2009 annual report says Dutchcot and her husband
donated between $500 and $999 to The Second Mile.
      Dutchcot didn't immediately respond to a question about whether
she'll recuse herself from the case because of those past ties.
      The judge set bail for Sandusky at $100,000 but he did not have
to post collateral.
      The Attorney General's office declined to say if prosecutors
would ask Dutchcot to recuse herself from Sandusky's preliminary
hearing.

      
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