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Jerry Sandusky's appeal in judges' hands

Written by The Associated Press | Sep 17, 2013 2:53 PM
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(Wilkes Barre) -- Jerry Sandusky's request for a new trial is in the hands of three state appeals court judges following a half-hour argument session.

The Superior Court panel considered the arguments today of Sandusky lawyer Norris Gelman, including that the former Penn State defensive coordinator was rushed to trial on child molestation charges last year.

Gelman also says the trial judge mishandled jury instructions and a prosecutor made improper references to Sandusky not taking the stand in his own defense.

James Barker of the state attorney general's office argues a new trial isn't warranted.

The 69-year-old Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.

The judges didn't indicate when they will rule.

Sandusky wasn't in court.

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