Jerry Sandusky is clearly a sick, delusional and deranged human being. With that in mind it should come as no surprise that on Thursday he asked a judge to overturn his child sexual abuse convictions and grant him a new trial. Sandusky claims his lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare his defense. In the filing he also claimed the statute of limitations for some of the charges had expired.
Two weeks ago, Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years behind bars after being convicted of abusing 10 boys over the years. Sandusky’s lawyers filed the request for a new trial in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania where the trial was held.
The lawyers’ motions claimed the following:
“The defendant submits the court’s sentence was excessive and tantamount…to a life sentence, which the defendant submits is in violation of his rights.”
The 31-page set of motions – which are not the same as appeals, because they were filed with the trial judge – cover several assertions. They claim there was insufficient evidence, an improper use of hearsay testimony and erroneous rulings by the judge.
A significant portion of the documents claims Sandusky’s right to due process was violated because of the rapid pace of the case. His trial began just seven months after he was arrested.
Eight victims testified against Sandusky in June, describing in sordid detail their abuse at his hands. The former Penn State defensive coordinator elected not to testify in his defense and has maintained his innocence.
Sandusky remains in county jail awaiting transfer to a state prison.
As for his request for a new trial, I’ve talked to several lawyer friends on the subject, and asked if they thought Sandusky had a shot at earning a new trial. Their responses ranged from “Hell no” to “Are you f-ing kidding me?” I’m not legal expert but I think that means the chances are very slim.