Sandusky appeal for new trial denied

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Updated: October 2, 2013

Harrisburg, PA (SportsNetwork.com) – A Pennsylvania Superior Court panel has
denied former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s appeal for
a new trial on his child sexual abuse conviction.

Sandusky was sentenced to 30-to-60 years in prison last October after he was
found guilty in June 2012 on 45 counts charging him with sexual abuse of 10
boys over a 15-year period.

Wednesday’s ruling was issued two weeks after the three-judge panel heard oral
arguments from defense attorneys and prosecutors.

Sandusky’s attorneys had stated that Judge John M. Cleland erred in certain
instances during the trial, including the denial of defense requests for more
time to prepare and jury instruction. Another issue for appeal was an improper
comment by the prosecution during the closing argument on the defendant’s
failure to testify.

In Wednesday’s lengthy opinion, the panel agreed with prosecutors on each of
the defense’s claims.

The 69-year-old Sandusky has always maintained his innocence and an appeal to
the state Supreme Court is likely.

Sandusky’s arrest in November 2011 brought down the Penn State football
program, tarnished the legacy of the late Joe Paterno and scarred the entire
university.