Sandusky's attorneys argue in favor of new trial


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BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Jerry Sandusky appeared in court today as his attorneys argued they had too little time to review critical documents before the June trial that found the former Penn State University assistant football coach guilty on 45 counts of sexually abusing children.

His lawyers contended his trial was unfair because his attorney received many of the thousands of pages of documents -- including discovery turned over by prosecutors and transcripts from the grand jury -- too close to trial.

Norris Gelman, an attorney for Sandusky, told the court that trial attorney Joe Amendola was essentially "driving blind."

On cross-examination, prosecutors asked Mr. Amendola if he could name a single document he has since reviewed that would have changed his approach at trial.

He said he could not.

Prosecutor Frank Fina emphasized that point as he argued that Mr. Amendola was a practiced lawyer who had ably represented his client.

"By Mr. Amendola's own words, there was no prejudice at that trial," he said.

Sandusky entered the courtroom about a half-hour before the hearing and waved, smiling, to family and friends seated in the front. He wore a red short-sleeved jumpsuit with "Centre County" printed on the back.

He conferred with his attorney before the hearing and occasionally passed over documents, but he did not address the court.

Speaking to reporters outside the courthouse, Mr. Gelman compared his chances of success to a "long three-point shot" in basketball.

Mr. Fina said Pennsylvanians should feel confident the conviction will stand.

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Karen Langley: klangley@post-gazette.com. First Published January 10, 2013 6:15 AM


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