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Jerry Sandusky Seeks New Trial and Wants Convictions Overturned

BELLEFONTE, PA - OCTOBER 09: Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in his child sex abuse case on October 9, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Sandusky faced more than 350 years in prison for his conviction in June on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, including while he was the defensive coordinator for the Penn State college football team. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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Barry LeonardAnalyst IIIOctober 19, 2012

Jerry Sandusky just won't go away. The former Penn State assistant football coach, who was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison two weeks ago, is seeking a new trial. The motion was filed at the courthouse in Bellefonte, PA on Thursday.

Sandusky's legal team wrote,"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 Associated Press article on Philly.com states that Sandusky is claiming that the case was rushed to trial and his lawyers did not have ample time to prepare their defense.  

Sandusky and his team are also claiming that the statute of limitations is also expired on several of the charges.

The former coach was convicted of molesting 10 boys and is currently serving his sentence.

In the documents, Sandusky claims that his due process was violated due to how quickly his lawyers had to gather documents. The motion also says that they did not have time to examine all of the evidence against him.

Sandusky, who has claimed his innocnce in interviews and released statements, brought a firestorm of controversy onto the quaint town of State College, PA when he was arrested last November.

The fallout from the Sandusky scandal has been immense. Former Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno was fired, along with University President Graham Spanier.

Because many of the assaults by Sandusky reportedly took place on campus, the NCAA became involved and levied sanctions against the football team based on the findings in the Freeh Report.

In related news, the boy referred to as Victim 1 on the trial, who is now identified as 18-year-old Aaron Fisher, told People magazine that he will soon be releasing a book about his ordeal.

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