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Court Rejects Sandusky’s Appeal of Sexual Abuse Conviction

Jerry Sandusky appeal denied
Gene J. Puskar—AP Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, leaves the Centre County Courthouse after attending a post-sentence motion hearing in Bellefonte, Pa., Jan. 10, 2013.

An appeals court won’t be reviewing the convicted child rapist’s appeal

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday announcing it won’t review the conviction of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The court rejected Sandusky’s request that it review on appeal his 45-count conviction for sexually abusing at least 10 young boys. His attorney says he is disappointed the court declined to review his appeal, the Associated Press reports.

Sandusky has consistently maintained his innocence even as eight of his victims testified to being sexually assaulted by Sandusky in various ways, including oral and anal rape. In his request for review, Sandusky, 70, argued that his lawyers were not given ample time to prepare for his 2012 trial and that prosecutors improperly referred to his decision not to testify on his own behalf, in addition to other objections about instructions given to the jury.

Sandusky is currently serving a 30-to-60-year prison sentence.


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