Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers in court Tuesday seeking to overturn conviction
A team of lawyers representing convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom on Tuesday to meet with the state attorney general’s office to discuss ways to overturn the convictions handed down to the former Penn State assistant football coach in 2012.
According to the Associated Press report, Sandusky is arguing that his lawyers did not have sufficient time to prepare for his defense. Representing the 69-year old Sandusky, who is currently serving up to 60 years in prison, attorney Norris Gelman also claimed that a prosecutor made an “improper” reference to the fact that Sandusky did not testify on his own behalf, according to the AP report citing court filings. Gelman also said that the judge should have issued an instruction to jurors that pointed out the length of time it took for the victims to report the abuse they suffered; for four of the boys, it had been more than 11 years since they were molested by Sandusky.
Jurors were aware that the defense argued that the abuse never occurred and that the victims were making up the stories, according to prosecutors. In response to the most recent assertions by the defense, prosecutors maintain that Sandusky’s team had plenty of time to prepare. With regard to the defense’s claim about the “improper” reference to Sandusky’s not testifying on his own behalf, the prosecution said it was pointing out Sandusky’s refusal to do a television interview and not that he failed to take the stand in court.
The oral arguments at the state Supreme Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., on Tuesday were not attended by Sandusky. He is serving 60 years in a western Pennsylvania prison, currently in solitary confinement.