Jerry Sandusky denied retrial request, Pennsylvania appeals court rules
Convicted serial child molester and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had his request for a retrial denied by a Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday.
According to a report from the Associated Press, the decision was unanimous among the three-judge Superior Court panel. The news comes approximately two weeks after the panel entertained oral arguments from Sandusky’s team of lawyers and a state prosecutor.
Sandusky, 69, requested the retrial on the grounds that, he contended, his lawyers did not have sufficient time to prepare. He also asserted that a prosecutor made improper references to his not testifying on his own behalf. Sandusky 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.
Prosecutors responded by saying that Sandusky’s team had plenty of time to prepare, and with regard to the “improper” reference, 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.
Sandusky was arrested in 2011 on 52 counts of sexually abusing boys over a 15 year period. In June 2012, he was convicted and four months later was sentenced. He is serving a 30-to 60-year sentence at a state prison in southwestern Pennsylvania.