Jerry Sandusky strongly denied allegations of abusing children as he appeared in a Centre County courtroom on Friday morning, seeking to have his child sexual abuse conviction overturned or be granted a new trial..
Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, appeared in court for an appeal hearing, four years after a jury found him guilty on more than 40 counts of child sex abuse. He hopes to get a new trial.
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According to WJAC, Sandusky’s testimony focused on two points: His denial that he abused children and his claim that his original attorneys did a poor job during his trial.
Sandusky’s two trial attorneys from 2012 , Karl Rominger and Joe Amendola, also testified. They said that they waived Sandusky’s preliminary hearing to keep him out of jail.
Sandusky repeatedly said that didn’t understand what was going on during most of the legal proceedings and that he wanted to testify, reports WJAC.
He said he followed the advice of his legal counsel and was not allowed to testify.
His attorneys didn’t let him testify after one of Sandusky’s adopted sons, Matt, said during the trial that he was also a victim of abuse
They also said they didn’t have nearly enough time to prepare for trial.
Legal experts told WJAC that simply denying one’s guilt and blaming one’s attorneys falls far short of warranting a new trial.
Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys.
The hearing will continue on August 22 and 23.