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Skerda appointed to Sandusky case

Times Observer photo by Lorri Drumm President Judge Maureen Skerda speaks on the courthouse steps during Warren County’s Bicentennial on Saturday.

Warren County President Judge Maureen Skerda has been appointed to handle one of the highest-profile cases in the state.

Skerda was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday to handle the child sexual abuse resentencing hearing for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The previous jurist, Judge John Foradora of Jefferson County, recused himself last month.

A prosecutor and Sandusky’s defense lawyer agreed in a court document that Foradora needed to step aside because of what they called an action in August by the attorney general’s office that was “separate, distinct and wholly unrelated” to the Sandusky case.

The 75-year-old Sandusky’s serving a 45-count conviction, but an appeals court ruled in February that mandatory minimums had been improperly applied.

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