Jerry Sandusky's Criminal Appeal Won't Be Heard by State's Supreme Court

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Jerry Sandusky's Criminal Appeal Won't Be Heard by State's Supreme Court
Gene J. Puskar

An appeal effort made by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky regarding his sexual abuse conviction was denied on Wednesday by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

An order was issued to deny Sandusky's motion after he disputed his 2012 trial, implying that his lawyers didn't have adequate time to review the information at their disposal, per a report by Mark Scolforo of the Associated Press, via StarTribune.com:

Sandusky asked the court to take up his 45-count conviction, arguing his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial in 2012 and that prosecutors improperly made reference to his decision not to testify.

He also said the trial judge should have issued a jury instruction about how long it took his victims to report the abuse and that jurors should not have been told to weigh evidence of his good character against all other evidence.

The state attorney general's office had countered that Sandusky did not provide sufficient basis for the Supreme Court to take up the matter, and that decisions made by the trial judge did not violate his rights.

NBC News Investigations reporter Tom Winter weighed in on the latest legal development, which may mark the conclusion of the appeals process for Sandusky:

This futile attempt at exoneration should see Sandusky, 70, continue to serve his 30 to 60 years in prison without any further inquiries in the courts. However, the controversy surrounding him should not end anytime soon, since some involved in the administration are facing allegations that they covered up complaints about Sandusky.    

Although the Nittany Lions have done their best to put this disturbing issue behind them, the latest news has allowed it to resurface for the Penn State football program.

Sandusky's wife, Dottie Sandusky, recently spoke about how she trusted her husband. Her testimony may give at least some credence to the issue of Jerry Sandusky not testifying, which was part of his appeal, per a March 29 report by Scolforo:

I know who he is, and I know what he is, and people need to look into some of the other situations...I trust my husband. That's what the world is about today. People don't trust anybody. And all these young kids, all they think about is sex...(His lawyers) felt the trial was going well enough that he did not need to testify. Jerry wanted to testify, but they felt he didn't need to testify.

For those who were outspoken victims of Sandusky's abuse, these remarks will only cause further pain. Perhaps his wife's public support was part of the final push Sandusky was hoping to make, but whatever the story may be, his conviction and prison sentence remain the same.

The sanctions that slammed the Nittany Lions in the aftermath of Sandusky's scandal have since been reduced by the NCAA, but the perception of Penn State unfortunately may never be quite the same.

Hopefully this is the last Sandusky will be heard from in the media so that the Nittany Lions and the victims of the case can have official closure and continue moving forward in a positive direction.   

 

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