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Oct 142013

Just last week, Jerry Sandusky’s appeal to the Pennsylvania Superior Court was denied. His lawyers are expected to appeal to the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court.

Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal – Background

Last summer, a Pennsylvania jury found Jerry Sandusky guilty of over 40 counts. The case began with a long grand jury investigation which began in approximately 2008 or 2009. That grand jury released a 20+ page report detailing Sandusky’s sexual abuse of young boys in the nineties. Eight victims were identified in the grand jury report. Click here to read the grand jury report.

Sandusky maintained his innocence and even gave a widely criticized media interview, during which he stumbled in response to Bob Costas’ question about whether he was sexually attracted to boys. Sandusky’s lawyer then clarified Sandusky’s botched response, stating, “Yeah but not sexually, you’re attracted to them as in you like spending time with them.”

Sandusky’s trial began in June 2012 and lasted roughly 2 weeks. The jury returned guilty verdicts on 45 of the 48 counts submitted. It took the jury 21 hours over 2 days to find Sandusky guilty. Many of the jurors had ties to Penn State, given that the trial took place in Bellfonte, Pennsylvania, which is roughly 10 miles from the Penn State campus. At sentencing in October 2012, Sandusky was sent to state prison for 30 to 60 years. Almost immediately, Sandusky and his lawyers indicated they would appeal.

Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal – Sandusky’s Appeal

A Pennsylvania appeals court denied Sandusky’s appeal last week. Sandusky’s grounds for appeal included the following:

  • his lawyers did not have enough time to prepare for trial,
  • his accusers waited too long to report his behavior to police, and
  • the prosecutor improperly referenced Sandusky’s interview with Bob Costas.

Sandusky’s lawyers indicated they would appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. At that level, the basis or grounds for appeal will be the same. Generally, a party who appeals a lower appellate court ruling cannot add new arguments to subsequent appeals. The chances of Sandusky’s success with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court are very slim.

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 Posted by on October 14, 2013 Criminal Justice System, Latest News