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Judge Grants Extension to Sandusky Defense

by on November 16, 2012 11:49 PM

Judge John Cleland granted Jerry Sandusky's defense team its request for an extension to file post-sentence motions after one of the attorneys needed time to recover after suffering a heart attack and having open-heart surgery. 

The defense has until Dec. 14 to file any post-sentence motions on behalf of Sandusky. The Attorney General's Office has to file its reply brief by Jan. 3 and Sandusky's first post-sentence hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 10. The December hearing date is cancelled. 

On Oct. 18, Sandusky's defense team filed an appeal on his behalf, citing too little time to sift through the massive amounts of discovery material received from prosecutors before trial, which should have been pushed back. The defense team filed motions for continuance three times before going to trial in June. 

Sandusky, 68, was sentenced on Oct. 9 to 30-60 years behind bars for his sex crimes. He was convicted on June 22 on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He is serving his life sentence in SCI Greene, a maximun-security prison, where he spends 23 hours a day in a single cell. 

Sandusky Order Rescheduling the Defendant's Post Sentence Motion

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