Lawyer: Jerry Sandusky says he's innocent, working on appeal

Centre Daily TimesSeptember 6, 2012 

Convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky still maintains his innocence and his family still supports him, his attorney said Wednesday.

“Dottie is still 100 percent supportive of him,” Joe Amendola said of Sandusky’s wife.

Jerry Sandusky remains in the Centre County Correctional Facility awaiting his sentencing hearing on 45 counts that include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, unlawful contact with minors and corruption of minors. He was convicted June 22 and told he would be sentenced within 90 days.

Amendola said his children also are supportive and expects Dottie Sandusky to remain in State College even after her husband is sentenced to spend the rest of his life behind bars in a state prison.

Amendola said he has not received word on when the sentencing hearing will be, and he would not be surprised if the hearing got pushed into October.

In the meantime, Amendola said Sandusky is preparing for the sentencing and is working on appealing his conviction.

Sandusky is being held in isolation in the jail. He was not able to watch the Penn State-Ohio game Saturday.

“He’s in relatively good spirits considering his situation,” Amendola said.

The defense is hopeful for a new trial, and one of the defense’s grounds is expected to be that they did not have enough time to prepare for trial given the voluminous discovery materials and the number of victims. Amendola said he likely would have to become a witness and wouldn’t be able to represent Sandusky on the appeal.

In the run-up to trial, Senior Judge John Cleland gave the defense one modest delay — a few weeks that pushed the start date back from mid-May into early June. Other than that, the judge stood pat on keeping it on schedule, denying several defense motions for a delay.

Amendola even appealed to the state’s higher courts for delays, but to no avail.

“I will never understand the swiftness of which this case was pushed to trial,” said Amendola, who finds it ironic that the smaller case against former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz has moved at a slower pace.

Amendola expects Sandusky to make a statement at his sentencing hearing. Sandusky will have to be careful about what he says, because that could be used against him on appeal, Amendola said.

Sandusky will have 10 days after the sentencing hearing to file post-sentence motions. The judge can take up to four months to rule on them, and if the judge does not rule in the defense’s favor, they have 30 days to appeal to the state Superior Court.

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