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Sandusky wants child molestation conviction overturned

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky wants his child molestation conviction overturned.

Tuesday, his lawyers and members of the state attorney general's office will be in a Pennsylvania court.

The former defensive coordinator is arguing his lawyers didn't have enough time to prepare, and that a prosecutor made an improper reference during the trial to the fact that Sandusky didn't testify on his own behalf.

Sandusky also believes the judge should have issued an instruction to jurors that addressed the length of time it took his victims to report their abuse, which for four of them was more than 11 years.

Prosecutors have said jurors were aware that the defense argued the abuse never occurred, and a key component of the defense was an argument that the victims were inventing stories.

They said Sandusky's legal team had plenty of time to prepare, and that the prosecutor referred to a TV interview but not to Sandusky's failure to take the stand.

Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30-to 60-year sentence after being convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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