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Sandusky lawyers in court to appeal disgraced coach's conviction, seek new trial

Updated: Tuesday, September 17 2013, 06:55 PM CDT
Reported by: Christina Butler 

WILKES-BARRE -- The case of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky was back in court today as his attorneys went in front of the state Superior Court to argue for an appeal. 

Sandusky's attorneys want the former football coach's 2012 conviction on multiple charges of sexual abuse of young boys should be overturned.

Sandusky was not in court today, but his wife, Dottie, was. 

The attorneys reviewed familiar themes in their arguments, and the state held fast to the idea that he needs to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Sandusky's attorneys has 15 minutes to sway the three-justice panel to their view of the matter, which is that the case was not tried fairly. 

Attorney Norris Gelman was brought into the Sandusky defesne team as the lead appeals attorney. Gelman argued that during the June 2012 criminal trial, the jury was not given instructions related to the failure of the victims to complain promptly.

Four of the victims waited more than a decade to come forward to authorities; combined, Gelman argued, the victims waited a total of 73 years.

Gelman also brought up the repeated motions the defense team made for a continuence. The judge handling the criminal trial denied those requests three times, even when defense attorneys argued unsuccessfully that they couldn't keep up with the case.

The third battle point was whether prosecutor Joe McGettigan inappropriately commented to jurors on Sandusky's choice not to take the stand in his own defense.

James Barker with the attorney general's office refuted each complaint, saying the court acted within its discretion. 

"Frankly, we've been confident all along this was a good verdict and I still continue to feel that way," he said.

CBS 21 learned that Dottie Sandusky visits her incarcerated husband frequently. Sandusky lawyers in court to appeal disgraced coach's conviction, seek new trial


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