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Jerry Sandusky To File New Appeal Using Sealed Grand Jury Testimony

by on April 01, 2015 5:45 PM

Jerry Sandusky, convicted in one of the most notorious child sex abuse cases in memory, isn't ready to throw in the towel.

According to court documents, the former Penn State football coach is filing a new appeal.

In 2012, a jury found Sandusky guilty on 45 counts of child sexual abuse involving of 10 young boys. The assaults happened between 1994 and 2009.

The former defensive coordinator is serving a 60-year prison term, with the possibility of parole at 30 years. He was sentenced in June 2012, and has attempted appeal multiple times since.

Alexander H. Lindsay, Sandusky's current defense attorney, filed a motion on Monday asking the court to allow an appeal to be filed under seal. The appeal, which will be filed in the next several days according to the motion, will include secret grand jury testimony. 

Judge John Cleland, who presided over Sandusky's 2012 trial, allowed the motion in a court order today. The motion does not provide any specifics about the grand jury testimony that Sandusky intends to use in his latest appeal. Lindsay could not immediately be reached for comment on the appeal.

In his first Superior Court appeal, Sandusky argued that Cleland should have instructed jurors to consider how long victims waited to report the abuse.

He also questioned the actions of prosecutor Joe McGettigan, who noted Sandusky's decision to not testify in his own defense during closing arguments. The court ruled against that appeal in October 2013.

Sandusky also attempted to appeal to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, but it declined to hear his case almost a year ago to the day, on April 2, 2014.

Fallout from the Sandusky scandal had far-reaching implications. Long-time head football coach and Penn State icon Joe Paterno was fired along with university president Graham Spanier amid allegations of a cover-up.

Spanier is still awaiting trial for charges involving the alleged cover-up along with former athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz.

The scandal led to unprecedented, sweeping sanctions levied against the Penn State football program by the NCAA. Those included a scholarship reduction, four-year postseason ban, $60 million in fines, and the university's entrance into an athletic integrity agreement.

Interim university president Rodney Erickson agreed to the sanctions by signing a consent decree. The consent decree was later voided when the NCAA reached a settlement in January with State Senator Jake Corman, who sued the organization.


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Zach Berger is the managing editor of He graduated from Penn State University in 2014 with a degree in print journalism. Zach enjoys writing about a variety of topics ranging from football to government, music, and everything in between.
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