Jerry Sandusky's lawyers seek new trial
October 18th, 2012
04:57 PM ET

Jerry Sandusky's lawyers seek new trial

Jerry Sandusky's lawyers are seeking a new trial for their client, according to court documents filed Thursday in Centre County court in Pennsylvania.

The convicted sex abuser and former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison after being convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys during a 15-year period.

Read the appeal documents (PDF)

The once-beloved coach, whose abuse triggered a scandal for one of the nation's most storied college football teams, was given credit for 112 days served.

In addition to requesting a new trial, his lawyers also filed a motion Thursday to reconsider the sentence.

The lawyers argue that there was insufficient evidence to convict Sandusky, and that the court didn't allow them enough time to prepare for trial. They also argue, among other things, that certain counts should have been dismissed on the grounds that they were too general and non-specific, preventing Sandusky from preparing an adequate defense.

After the sentencing, defense attorney Joe Amendola insisted that if the team had been allowed more time to prepare for the trial, Sandusky would have been acquitted.

Sandusky spoke for about 13 minutes at his sentencing and called his situation "the worst loss of my life."

"I will cherish the opportunity to be a candle for others," he said, adding that "somehow, some way, something good will come out of this."

It has been nearly a year since the Penn State scandal erupted, leading to the firing of iconic head football coach Joe Paterno and the ouster of the university's longtime president, Graham Spanier. Paterno died in January of this year.

Jurors determined in June that Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in 1999, used his access to university facilities and his foundation for underprivileged youth to sexually abuse the boys. During the trial, which garnered national attention and cast a shadow on Penn State's heralded football program, the 23-year-old Victim No. 4 testified that he was only 13 when Sandusky sexually abused him in a university shower.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Nadia

    I heard he is a big Obama supporter.

    October 18, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    You're Kenny Rogers.
    Tick tock.

    October 18, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    As expected, JS is appealing his conviction.
    I expect it will be upheld.
    Suck it up, Sandusky, you got owned.

    October 18, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Hide Behind

    With his own eealth and supporters he may just make to death by old age, incarceration at that time is mandatory.

    October 18, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Can we at least get Black Book value if we trade the old trial in on a new one?
    Suggestion: to streamline this new trial, if any, perhapes Mrs. Sandusky should be compelled to testify. We are obviously looking at a dysfunctional family here, and as with all such families there are the secret keepers.
    Me? Well, terrorists who "only" effected the lives of 3000 on 9/11 were responded to in special ways; arrested and held without formal charges or access to bail, waterboarding, etc. MILLIONS of lives are effected by child predators.
    Let US pass special laws for those who terrorize our children and their families.
    Vote 'Yes' on proposition P, waterboard the "Mrs. Sandusky's" of America. (unless they volunteer info. before being asked)

    October 18, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Finally! A philip proposal that i would be on board with! Lol yep i would vote for you philip, before i would ever vote for that twinkie Romney!

    October 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    Ding-dong the wicked old witch/warlock is dead mentality does little of nothing as far as truly making an effort to war on child stalking men like Jerry S.
    Do not most-all criminal investigations include mention of accomplices? Even the S. case has, for Penn State officials were also investigated.
    Vote "Yes" on prop. P exponent 10. Mandantory investigating of convicted child raypers entire extended family and friends.
    Of course our already overwhelmed local law enforcement and FBI will be calling on our CIA. What? 700 CIA agents were called home from Iraq a few weeks ago but weren't layed-off. They are in denver even now setting up there infrastructure to bring-down the house [of those who are accomplices].

    October 19, 2012 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  8. Richard

    No doubt he'll walk, write a book, go on Oprah, make millions.... Nice work American justice!

    October 19, 2012 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. Po po Joshua Carrier case update

    Colorado Springs has much to boast about. And now we have 7 yr. vet police officer Joshua Carrier in court being tried for raypeing 21 teenagers in one school year. (actually, 88 came fwd., and prosecutors settled on using the ones most-easy to blatant they were)
    Today, testimony was heard from a local therapist who treats se x offenders and their victims.
    Therapist Susan Wich described how men like the openly gay Joshua Carrier operate. "Kindness can be used as an invisible weapon", and FAMILIES are "groomed" even for years to accept an openly gay man into their family of friends. A "veil of authority" is also a tool used to 'pry' their way into peoples lives.
    Sociologist Jim Tanner testified "If I as an offender have done my job appropriately, I don't even need to get to the threat stage" describeing how predators, even over many years, make children feel "special" to keep them quiet. (cont)

    October 19, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  10. Po po Joshua Carrier case update

    Dr. Susan Wich went-on to describe how children see their parents accepting this man into their lives, and so are really trusting their own parents, not the boy rayper himself who is at that time in his predatory phase...even years before the actual raype occurs.
    "It's almost like putting pieces of a puzzle together and saying 'Why didn't i see that?"
    Carrier survived a most-extensive backround check before he became a policeman, proof that a backround check does little to protect your child. Simply put, you cannot trust ANY man with your boys who appears to be overly kind and generous...even if he be your token gay friend.

    October 19, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  11. l0l0l0l

    Throw him in with the general population and look the other way for a few minutes. The rest will take care of itself.

    October 19, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
  12. @reg list blogger 6:41

    Show yourself. You don't have to be afraid everyone here will know how much you would presonally like to peepon-tom two openly gay convicts enjoying some good old-fashioned sodomy from prison.
    Really. You people that think throwing a convicted gay perv into the same cell with a gay convict amaze me. How is it that you don't understand they enjoy such things?

    October 19, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Kevin Silvestris

    I have a feeling Jerry Sandusky could lose his appeal tomorrow along with their lawyers, who are most likely to lose their appeals as well, causing Jerry Sandusky to rot away in prison until the day that he dies

    October 30, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |