BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sandusky was in court again, this time fighting for a new trial.
His attorneys claim they did not have enough time to prepare his defense. Three months after he was sentenced to what likely amounts to life in prison, Jerry Sandusky was back at the Centre County Courthouse.
Attorneys for the former Penn State football coach claim they were rushed to trial last year which unfairly led to a conviction on 45 counts related to child sex abuse.
“We’re in the race, I wouldn’t count us out,” said defense attorney Norris Gelman.
Sandusky’s attorneys pointed out that in the five months before trial, prosecutors turned over nearly 10,000 pages of material, part of a process called discovery.
The trial was postponed once about a month and defense attorney Joe Amendola testified he didn’t feel he and his team had enough time to go through it all.
“You have to give a lawyer time to work with it and time to digest it, and you can’t force a lawyer to trial when he’s flying blind and we made that argument,” added Gelman.
The hearing lasted only about an hour and a half. When Amendola was on the witness stand, prosecutors asked if he was able to go through all that material he received during the pretrial process and if it was relevant. Amendola said much of it was not relevant to his defense.
“One box, one file box of information, anybody can go through a box of information and prepare for trial and as you saw. Mr. Amendola did that and a very good, effective job at trial,” said Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina.
Prosecutors said they are confident Sandusky’s conviction will stand, and people in Pennsylvania should be as well.
Judge John Cleland, who presided over Sandusky’s trial, is expected to rule within the next few weeks whether Sandusky can have a new trial.
If that request is denied, attorneys plan to appeal to a higher court.