HARRISBURG -- Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will appeal his convictions on 45 counts of sexual abuse before a three-judge panel of the Superior Court today in Wilkes-Barre.
Sandusky was sentenced in October 2012 to serve at least 30 years in prison.
An attorney for Sandusky will argue that the trial should be thrown out for a number of reasons, according to a court filing.
Attorney Norris Gelman wrote that the court should have agreed to requests by Sandusky's trial attorney to delay the proceeding so he could review thousands of pages of discovery handed over by prosecutors. He wrote that the court erred by not instructing the jury that it could consider delays by victims in reporting their abuse. And he wrote that a prosecutor had cast doubt upon the decision not to have Sandusky testify in his own defense when the prosecutor, referring to a televised interview, said of Sandusky: "I only heard him on TV."
Sandusky will not be in the courtroom, Mr. Gelman said in a phone interview. He said his client is being kept in restricted housing in SCI Greene.
The court system had initially scheduled the Superior Court session for a high school auditorium in Luzerne County in an attempt to make the judiciary more accessible to citizens. Because of high media interest in the cases that were scheduled for argument, the proceeding was moved to the county courthouse.
In addition to the Sandusky appeal, the judges will hear an appeal from former state House Democratic Whip Mike Veon of Beaver. He is appealing 2012 convictions on charges related to the misuse of taxpayer grants directed to his not-for-profit organization, Beaver Initiative for Growth.
Veon previously was convicted in 2010 in the state attorney general's legislative probe into public corruption. He served 22 years in the state House of Representative before losing a bid for re-election in 2006.
The issues raised in his appeal include questions of whether the Pennsylvania conflict-of-interest law is unconstitutionally vague and whether the court erred by ordering the payment of restitution.
Karen Langley: firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-787-2141. First Published September 17, 2013 4:00 AM