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Two of the men credited with leading Canberras charge to the final four, Josh Hodgson and Josh Papalii, have been named the NRL clubs best players of 2016.The pair were announced as joint winners of the hotly-contested Meninga Medal at the Raiders presentation night on Monday.Hodgson - also in contention for this years coveted Dally M Medal - is rated one of the best hookers in the competition and has been a key figure for the Green Machine in just his second season in the NRL.Veteran second-rower Papalii has been just as influential and damaging in the middle, leading to a Test recall in May.It was one of the tightest counts in club history, based on votes from players and football staff, with winger Jordan Rapana and centre Joseph Leilua - dubbed Leipana - tied a close second.The pair, named joint winners of the coaches award, have been a force to be reckoned with on the right edge, with Rapana leading the club for linebreaks as well as being the second-highest tryscorer.Clay Priest was awarded NRL rookie of the year after joining the Raiders full-time midway through the season from the NSW Cups Mounties, while former chairman and current club patron John McIntyre was presented with life membership.Canberra play Melbourne in their first preliminary final of the NRL era at AAMI Park on Saturday.The winner will face either North Queensland or Cronulla in the grand final. 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Now they have chosen to impugn the integrity of the court itself.Cleland said the accusations against attorneys, judges, jurors, investigators and victims were outside the bounds of the legal profession and should be reviewed by the state board that handles matters of lawyer discipline. Sanduskys appeals lawyer, Al Lindsay, declined to comment, as did a spokesman for the state attorney generals office.Sandusky, 72, was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is serving up to 60 years in prison. He has previously lost a round of appeals to the state Superior and Supreme courts and is currently seeking a new trial under the states Post-Conviction Relief Act, which is limited to claims of constitutional violations, newly discovered evidence or ineffective counsel. His appeal involves all three types of claims.At issue is a meeting held at the Hilton Garden Inn in State College the night of Dec. 12, 2011. It was attended by Cleland, Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola, state prosecutors Joe McGettigan and Jonelle Eshbach, and District Judge Robert Scott, who had been appointed to preside at the preliminary hearing sccheduled for the next day.ddddddddddddIn an account he issued in May , Cleland wrote that his appointment to handle the matter as a common pleas court judge, made after all the Centre County jurists had recused themselves, included administrative oversight for the site of the preliminary hearing. He said he was having dinner in the hotel when Amendola and prosecutors asked to meet with him and Scott.It surprised him, Cleland wrote, to find out the topic was an agreement to waive the hearing if prosecutors would not seek higher bail if more charges were filed. Sandusky did waive the hearing, which he now argues was a mistake because his lawyers lost a chance to pin down witnesses and learn details about their version of events.Cleland said neither he nor Scott had any role in negotiating the agreement made between Amendola and the prosecutors. Amendola has recently testified that he proposed the deal to McGettigan to keep his client out of jail and that it was explained to Cleland and Scott rather than submitted to them.Cleland pointedly objected to a characterization by Sanduskys lawyers in a recent filing that it was an off-the-record night time meeting and that Sanduskys absence from the hotel conference violated his due process rights.Counsel has argued not only that the meeting between the lawyers and Judge Scott and me was unethical, but has also cast it in tones that would lead one to believe it was somehow sinister, Cleland wrote.He also said, in a footnote, that hes studied the 34 issues Sandusky has raised and concluded that no grounds raised in the petition merit relief.His order asks court officials to request another judge be appointed to replace him. ' ' '
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