Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at Penn State who was sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually molesting boys, will not get a new trial, an appellate panel in Pennsylvania ruled on Wednesday.
A three-judge panel of the Superior Court upheld the conviction of Sandusky on 45 criminal counts and backed the 30-year minimum sentence handed down in the celebrated 2012 trial that shook the world of collegiate sports. The case is expected to be appealed to higher tribunals.
Norris Gelman, Sandusky’s attorney, had appealed the conviction and sentence, arguing that the defense was not given enough time to prepare for the case. He also contended that trial Judge John M. Cleland had erred in portions of his charge to the jurors who decided Sandusky’s fate.
In its 18-page ruling, the panel unanimously rejected the grounds for appeal. The opinion by Judge Jack Panella said that Cleland had acted carefully and within his authority.