Jerry Sandusky to appear at appeals hearing, seeks new trial

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Jerry Sandusky to appear at appeals hearing, seeks new trial
Monday August 22nd, 2016

Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is expected to appear in court Monday, the second day of a three-day appeals hearing.

Sandusky wants a judge to overturn his 2011 conviction on multiple counts of child sexual abuse or grant him a new trial, citing inadequate defense during his original trial.

Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator at Penn State, was convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse after he was accused of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period.

Sandusky took the stand on Aug. 12 during the first day of his appeal and denied that he sexually abused anyone. He claimed that during his first trial it wasn't his idea to waive his right to testify.

Sandusky, 72, has already lost an appeal in Pennsylvania's Supreme and Superior courts.

The hearing is held under the state’s Post-Conviction Relief Act, which allows defendants to present new evidence and argue their cases on the basis of ineffective counsel and other constitutional violations.

According to the Associated Press, Monday's proceedings could examine how prosecutors and Sandusky's defense team handled claims of abuse by Victim 2, who did not testify during the trial.

- Scooby Axson

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