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Pennsylvania high court won't hear Sandusky appeal

Jerry Sandusky won't get a chance to argue to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that he's innocent. The former Penn State University assistant football coach was two years ago convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse.

The 70-year-old is currently serving a sentence of between 30 and 60 years. He has insisted from the day of his arrest that he is innocent of the charges that he sexually abused 10 boys. 

He had asked the high court to review his case on the grounds that his attorneys were not allowed the time they needed to prepare for his trial.

His defense attorneys said some of the thousands of pages of transcripts and court documents they had to review arrived mere weeks before the headline-generating trial began.

Sandusky also argued in his appeal that the trial judge gave improper and inadequate instructions to jurors in the case. The judge did not instruct jurors to consider the amount of time that went by from the time of the alleged abuse until the allegations were brought to the attention of law enforcement.

The former coach under Joe Paterno also contended that the judge told jurors to weigh evidence presented indicating Sandusky is of good character against the other evidence presented.

Eight men told the court of sexual assaults committed by Sandusky against them when they were boys, including charges of oral sex and rape.

Sandusky still has avenues of appeal open to him, including in federal venues and under Pennsylvania’s Post Conviction Relief Act. 

Source: Philly.com, "Pa. Supreme Court won't consider Sandusky appeal," Allison Steele, April 3, 2014

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