On Tuesday, lawyers for former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will present their arguments to an appeals court, asking for a new trial for the convicted child molester. A Pennsylvania court "will decide whether prosecutors made an improper reference to the fact that Sandusky did not testify, whether jury instructions were mishandled and whether the defense should have been given more time before trial to digest a large volume of investigative material."
Sandusky was convicted in the summer of 2012 on 45 counts of child sex abuse. The fallout from the case also cost legendary coach Joe Paterno his job and vacated a number of Penn State's football wins, removing Paterno's distinction as the winningest coach in college football.
Lawyers for Sandusky will hinge their argument on the long period of time it took for many of Sandusky's victims to come forward. Back in 2012, "Sandusky's defense attorneys argued at trial that the victims were motivated by money and only stepped forward when there was an opportunity to sue Penn State for damages."
In response to those claims, the attorney general's office released a statement:
"The record demonstrates that the victims had clear reasons for not disclosing the abuse by Sandusky: not only were they ashamed of the acts of abuse, but Sandusky gave them gifts, including access to the PSU football program, and was a prominent figure who was more likely to be believed than they were."
Sandusky, who has been kept in isolation for most of his prison sentence, will not appear in the courtroom.
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