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Latest Sandusky appeals hearing focuses on victim memories

Written by The Associated Press | May 11, 2017 4:39 PM
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In this Oct. 29, 2015, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives for an appeal hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.

(Bellefonte) -- A victim of Jerry Sandusky, one of his former defense lawyers and a psychology professor testified Thursday as the former Penn State assistant football coach sought a new trial in his child sexual abuse case.

Sandusky, 73, argued his former defense lawyers did not properly represent him, and he wants a do-over of the 2012 trial that produced a 45-count conviction.

The young man identified as Victim 7, who testified against Sandusky five years ago, said his statements evolved because at first he "wasn't willing to go there," Pennlive.com reported.

He said that changed, in part, because of counseling and therapy.

University of California, Irvine professor Elizabeth Loftus told the judge by phone that there is no credible scientific support for a theory that someone can wall off a "horrific brutalization" and then recall it later because of counseling and therapy.

A lawyer who represented Sandusky during earlier appeals testified concerning the defense strategy regarding one of the victims -- a young man reportedly seen by a janitor being abused in a university shower. The janitor was unable to testify at trial, but a judge allowed a co-worker to recount what the janitor told him.

Judge John Foradora said there would be no more testimony, but that he might schedule oral argument. He directed the sides to file written briefs.

Foradora said he hopes to decide the appeal by late summer.

An earlier story appears below.

(Bellefonte) -- Jerry Sandusky is arguing his former defense lawyers didn't properly represent him and wants a do-over of the 2012 trial that produced a 45-count conviction for child sexual abuse.

A judge in central Pennsylvania on Thursday heard more testimony in the former Penn State assistant football coach's multi-hearing appeal.

The latest witnesses include one of the victims who testified against Sandusky. He says his memories of the abuse changed in part because of therapy and counseling.

A witness for Sandusky was a psychology professor who specializes in human memory.

A lawyer who represented Sandusky in earlier appeals also took the stand.

The 73-year-old Sandusky is appealing while he serves 30 to 60 years in prison.

The judge says he hopes to rule by summer's end.

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