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Judge turns down Jerry Sandusky's request for a new trial

January 30, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • Jerry Sandusky appears in court in 2011.
Jerry Sandusky appears in court in 2011. (Matt Rourke / Associated…)

Former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky will not get a new trial after a judge in Harrisburg, Pa., rejected arguments that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the original trial.

“I do not think it can be said that either of the defendant's trial counsel failed to test the prosecution's case in a meaningful manner,” Judge John Cleland wrote. “The defendant's attorneys subjected the commonwealth's witnesses to meaningful and effective cross-examination, presented evidence for the defense and presented both a comprehensive opening statement and a clearly developed closing argument.”

Cleland said lawyers for Sandusky conceded that their post-trial review turned up no material that would have changed their trial strategy.

He also rejected post-sentencing motions regarding jury instructions, hearsay testimony and other matters.

Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Sandusky's lawyers are expected to next appeal to the mid-level Superior Court within 30 days.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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