Judge Expected to Announce Decision on Whether Jerry Sandusky Deserves New Trial

BELLEFONTE -- The fate of former Penn State Football coach and convicted child predator Jerry Sandusky is expected to be revealed Wednesday on whether he will get a new trial.

A Centre County judge is expected to make a decision if Sandusky can be re-tried on charges of child sexual abuse.

It was back in May that Jerry Sandusky made an appearance at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte for a post-conviction relief hearing. The former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child predator was in court to appeal his 2012 guilty verdict on charges he sexually abused several boys.

Sandusky now argues that his trial attorneys failed to represent him effectively and made mistakes.

He wants the charges against him to be thrown out or to be granted a new trial.

“An allegation that they didn't raise a particular defense or that they didn't call particular defense witnesses or that they didn't appropriately cross examine commonwealth witnesses,” said attorney Peter Paul Olszewski.

Olszewski has spent time in the courtroom as a prosecutor, as a judge, and now as a defense attorney.

With the judge in Sandusky's appeals case set to make a decision on Sandusky's argument, Olszewski says it's anyone's guess how the judge will rule on the evidence taken during the hearings.

“Many times a claim like this is valid because at trial defense lawyers do make mistakes,” said Olszewski. “In terms of the percentage of times this avenue is successful, very few.”

If the judge denies Sandusky's post-conviction relief appeal, Olszeswski says Sandusky can to appeal to the state superior court and then to the Pennsylvania supreme court.

With Sandusky serving a 30 to 60-year prison sentence, Olszeswski expects he'll do just that.

“He doesn't have much else to do with his time right now so it's easy for him to read transcripts, to make allegations, to do the best he can to reverse a lengthy sentence.”

The judge is expected to reveal his decision at noon Wednesday.

Newswatch 16 will, of course, have complete coverage of the ruling.

9 comments

  • Supporter of America

    What ludicrous BS. The people that didn’t commit the crimes have paid just a heavy a price as the one that did, and they might give him a new trial. Hopefully it includes loss of pension and more restrictive sentencing, when reconvicted. Would a new trial provide a different outcome than the first….NO HE IS GUILTY AS F..K. Will just cost everyone more money to defend the nonsense that is allowed in our “justice system.”

  • 🤔

    How many times is this fool gonna appeal? He’s been denied every time. They need to deny him again. He’s guilty and he knows it. Just a waste of taxpayer money. Heck how many months ago was his son covicted of the same stuff? Right there tells you he’s guilty. He probably abused his own kid. Eeewww! Leave the fool in jail where he belongs!

  • WNEPVIEWER

    Can someone please tell me if you can still get the Peachy Paterno ice cream in a cone or dish at the creamery? Sounds like a good investigative story for that Joey Schnedecker. Solid reporting from that cutesy. Tight package!

  • verylongbrownsocks

    Please do not change the venue to Schuylkill county for a new trial. This evil guy will walk. There is lots of fans in that lower coal region who clearly look the other way. Please Note there is psu starter jackets everywhere when you beat feet around these mean blighted streets.

  • yuiki

    Surprised he’s still alive. I know no one would kill him in prison, because that is Pennsylvania and all people do is talk the talk. But I’m surprised he didn’t kill himself

    • Statepenn

      I’m surprised Paterno hasn’t killed himself yet. He probably will after Sandusky rolls and testifies against him. Joe Pa’s statue needs to be removed immediately!

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