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Monday, March 11, 2013

Sandusky Lawyer Outlines Appeal Arguments

The lawyer handling Jerry Sandusky’s appeal for his conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse has outlined the reasons he thinks the former Penn State assistant football coach deserves a new trial.

In a document filed late this morning in Centre County, Norris Gelman says Judge John Cleland should have given Sandusky’s lawyers more time to prepare for trial and should have issued instructions to the jurors about the years that passed before the victims told anyone about the abuse.

Gelman also says Cleland should not have admitted hearsay evidence about a shower attack witnessed by a Penn State janitor, and a prosecutor should not have referenced Sandusky’s interview with NBC's Bob Costas shortly after his arrest, in which it took him nearly 20 seconds to answer a direct question about whether he is sexually attracted to young boys.

Sandusky is currently serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.

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