Jerry Sandusky attorneys seek more time to file briefs for new trial

mdawson@centredaily.comNovember 13, 2012 

The defense team for convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky says it needs more time to submit legal briefs the judge wants to have as he considers the former Penn State coach’s request for a new trial.

Attorney Joe Amendola wrote in court papers filed Tuesday that the lead attorney handling the post-conviction legal defense has been recovering from a heart attack and could not work. Amendola said the new attorney, Norris Gelman, has many materials to review and a lot of research to do before filing the legal brief in support of the post-sentence motions from a month ago.

Senior Judge John Cleland previously set the deadline for Friday. Amendola said Gelman could finish and submit the documents in two weeks.

In the original motion from the defense team, the attorneys said they did not have enough time to prepare for Sandusky’s trial. Sandusky was indicted in November 2011 and brought to trial in June, when he was convicted on 45 counts. Last month, Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in a state prison, and the defense team is arguing that the punishment is excessive.

Among the other arguments, the defense attorneys said there was not enough evidence to support the charges and asked that the convictions be overturned.

They also argued that hearsay evidence was improperly admitted to trial regarding the testimony from a Penn State janitor about a campus shower incident involving Sandusky in November 2000 that a fellow janitor told him about. The janitor who saw it was not able to testify because of a medical condition.

Mike Dawson can be reached at 231-4616. Follow him on Twitter @MikeDawsonCDT.

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