Appeals court takes up Sandusky's request for new trial in child sexual abuse case
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for a post-sentence motion in Bellefonte, Pa., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 (AP / Gene J. Puskar)
Published Tuesday, September 17, 2013 8:00AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:08PM EDT
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- A hearing has begun into the claim by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky that the criminal proceeding against him was so flawed that he deserves a new trial.
A three-judge Pennsylvania Superior Court panel was hearing an oral argument Tuesday regarding the appeal.
The 69-year-old Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.
Sandusky claims his lawyers weren't given enough time to prepare for trial, that a prosecutor made improper references to the fact he didn't testify and that the judge mishandled jury instructions.
The state attorney general's office says the 45-count conviction should stand and Sandusky shouldn't get a new trial.
The hearing is being conducted in a full courtroom in Wilkes-Barre. Sandusky isn't there.