A Pennsylvania appellate court has denied former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky’s latest appeal. Sandusky was convicted of multiple counts of sexual assault and related charges in 2012 in a case that resulted in the ousting of legendary football coach, Joe Paterno.
A Pennsylvania Criminal Appeals Attorney Reviews the Facts of the Case
Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is in the news again. He was convicted of sexually abusing ten boys and is now serving a 30-60 year prison term. According to reports, Sandusky’s crimes took place over a period of years, and their discovery brought down coaching legend Joe Peterno.
The Basis for Sandusky’s Latest Appeal
Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers launched an appeal of his conviction on a variety of grounds. In particular, Sandusky claims he was denied due process since his defense team was not given adequate time to prepare. He claims his trial was rushed. Additionally, Sandusky claims the prosecution erred in his original trial. As an appeals attorney discusses, his defense argues that the prosecution improperly referenced Sandusky’s decision not testify on his own behalf. Criminal defendants cannot be compelled to take the stand against themselves.
Sandusky’s Next Step
Attorneys for Mr. Sandusky vow to continue his fight to overturn the conviction. Several avenues may still be available to him. Sandusky may try to take his appeal into federal court. To do so, he would have to successfully argue a federal law was violated in his case. For example, he may try to claim his civil rights were violated in some way during the conduct of the trial. He has proclaimed his innocence all along.