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Jerry Sandusky's attorneys seek new trial for ex-Penn State coach

January 10, 2013|By Andrew Khouri
  • Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. His lawyers are seeking a new trial.
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky… (Gene J. Puskar / Associated…)

Jerry Sandusky's lawyers argued Thursday that the former Penn State assistant football coach should receive a new trial because they didn’t have time to properly prepare for his child molestation trial.

Sandusky’s attorney told a court hearing that the defense was overburdened by more than 10,000 pages of documents.

"We felt we didn't have nearly sufficient time to review these materials the way we needed to,"  Joe Amendola said,  according to the Allentown  Morning Call. 

Sandusky's lawyers also argued that Judge John Cleland should have instructed  jurors  about the long lag time between the alleged abuse and when the accusers came forward, the Associated Press reported.

Sandusky, 68, was convicted in June  of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. Some of the attacks took place in the showers of Penn State University’s football training facility.

The accusations led to the departure of  legendary football coach Joe Paterno, brought NCAA sanctions against the university and outraged the nation.

Sandusky has maintained his innocence.

“They can treat me as a monster. They can take away my heart, but I know in my heart that I did not do these alleged acts,” he said in October before being sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

Cleland did not issue a ruling or say when he may come to a decision.

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