Jerry Sandusky has arrived at court Thursday where his attorneys will argue that the former Penn State assistant football coach should get a new trial on charges he sexually abused 10 young boys.
Convicted in June of 45 counts related to the sexual abuse of children, the former Penn State defensive coordinator has been in state prison since October, when he was sentenced in to 30 to 60 years behind bars.
He appeared Thursday morning wearing his prison outfit, body armor and characteristic smile.
Defense attorney Joseph Amendola and appeals expert Norris Gelman will present testimony and evidence in support of Sandusky's claim he didn't get a fair trial because his defense was rushed.
They claim in court papers filed last month that Sandusky's defense team was unable to digest the "vast amount of material turned over by the prosecution" as Sandusky's trial date loomed last spring.
Judge John M. Cleland, who presided over the trial in Centre County Court, denied repeated requests for a delay.
In motions to be considered Thursday, Sandusky's lawyers assert that Cleland should throw out Sandusky's convictions or grant him a new trial because the state attorney general's office failed to prove the elements of the crimes.
Sandusky was convicted of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, which involves oral and anal sex with minors; indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with minors.
Sandusky's lawyers also put forth dozens of claims that the trial was unfair and caused the jury to be prejudiced against Sandusky.
They argue that the judge erred when he allowed jurors to hear the testimony of Penn State janitor Ronald Petrosky about another janitor's statements after he witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a locker room shower.
The boy, identified at trial as Victim 8, has never been found. Although second-hand statements are not usually admissible as evidence, prosecutors successfully argued that Petrosky's testimony should be allowed be under an exception for statements made in the heat of the moment.
Sandusky's lawyers also contend that his defense was hampered because a jury consultant was unavailable for the June trial date and a psychological expert was unable to review thousands of pages of material before the trial.
Sandusky says that because most of the evidence provided by the attorney general's office was confidential, his attorneys were unable to use commercial photocopying services and could not reproduce it in time for expert witnesses and consultants to review before the trial.
A private investigator working on Sandusky's defense suffered a medical condition that prevented him from assisting Sandusky and his lawyers during trial.
And Sandusky claims his defense was impinged by his inability to call as witnesses former university officials who were also facing charges in relation to Sandusky's crimes.
Ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier, retired Vice President Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley face trial on charges they conspired to cover up Sandusky's crimes.
In a grand jury presentment handed down in November, state prosecutors allege the three top officials agreed not to go to authorities with a 2001 allegation that Sandusky had sex with a boy in a football locker room shower.
Prosecutors also allege that Spanier, Schultz and Curley impeded the investigation by state police and the attorney general's office nearly a decade later.
Sandusky, who coached at Penn State for three decades, retired in 1999. Before his arrest in November 2011, he remained a highly regarded figure in State College for work with his charity for disadvantaged kids.
The charges against Sandusky rocked Penn State, leading the university board of trustees to fire legendary head coach Joe Paterno and forcing Spanier to resign after 16 years as president.
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