The judge handling the pending resentencing of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky took himself off the case Wednesday, citing an unspecified recent action by the state attorney general’s office.
This controversial legal mechanism allows police departments and district attorney offices to profit from property seized during arrests, even if a suspect is never convicted of a crime. This property — which is often tied to drug suspects — ranges from cash, cars and homes to jewelry and flat screen televisions.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said it began investigating the 28-year-old Felipe Vázquez after learning of an alleged sexual relationship between Vázquez and a teenage girl living in Lee County, Florida.
The former Penn State assistant football coach had been sentenced to 30 to 60 years after his 2012 jury conviction. But an appeals court ruled in February that mandatory minimums had been improperly applied.