Sandusky attorneys outline plans for appeal

Centre Daily TimesMarch 11, 2013 

Attorneys for Jerry Sandusky outlined plans for future appeals of his child sex abuse conviction in a court document filed Monday.

The statement filed in Centre County Court lists seven grounds for appeal that the former Penn State assistant coach and convicted pedophile will pursue through appellate courts.

Defense attorney Norris Gelman wrote that trial judge John Cleland erred in not allowing Sandusky’s attorneys more time to prepare his defense, violating due process by interfering with Sandusky’s right to council.

Gelman also will argue, among other things, that the co-worker of a janitor who saw Sandusky showering with a young boy in 2000 should not have been allowed to testify at the trial.

Sandusky’s trial lawyer, Joe Amendola, gave written notice late last month that he will ask the state Superior Court to overturn his client’s conviction and grant a new trial.

In January, Cleland denied a series of defense requests that included tossing out the verdict and retrying Sandusky.

The 69-year-old Sandusky is in solitary confinement serving a state prison sentence of 30 to 60 years for sexually abusing young children, sometimes on the Penn State campus.

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