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Jerry Sandusky Sentencing: Defense Plans to Appeal Within 10 Days

by on October 09, 2012 12:02 PM

Jerry Sandusky was dealt a life sentence on Tuesday, but his attorneys plan to appeal, arguing a lack of time to prepare for trial.

Sandusky, 68, was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison by Judge John Cleland after being convicted on June 22 on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse. Sandusky spoke in court for the first time, but it made no impact on the judge. 

Outside the courtroom, Sandusky's attorneys, Joe Amendola and Karl Rominger, said they have 10 days to file an appeal and plan to do so. Even before the June trial date was set, the defense filed multiple times for a continuance, citing the massive amount of discovery material they received from the Attorney General's Office and had yet to go over. 

"I can get three continuances for a parking ticket, I couldn't get one for Jerry Sandusky," Rominger said. 

Amendola said due process is "more than just showing up to court," and reaffirmed his client maintains his innocence despite the conviction and the verdict. 

Then, instead of answering questions about the statement Sandusky delivered in court, Amendola shifted focus to his client's claim that a larger force was at work in his conviction. The term "conspiracy theory" was tossed out as Amendola asked the media to take a look at the swiftness with which Sandusky went to trial compared to former Penn State administrators Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, who both face a charge of felony perjury and will not go to trial until January at the earliest. 

"I would suggest to you there's a bigger motive," Amendola says. He blames Penn State and said he believes that given enough time, the defense could have managed an acquittal for Sandusky. 

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Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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