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Jerry Sandusky Loses Bid For New Sex-Abuse Trial
The judge in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case has denied post-trial motions filed by defense attorneys to get a new trial for the convicted pedophile.
The Centre Daily Times reports Sandusky’s attorneys argued they needed more time to prepare for the June trial and said Senior Judge John Cleland erred in not allowing delays.
But Cleland disagreed, ruling Wednesday morning to deny that motion and several others from the defense.
Cleland also denied the defense’s request to throw out the counts relating to Victim 8.
The defense had argued that the jury shouldn’t have heard testimony from Ronald Petrosky, a Penn State janitor who in 2000 was told by a fellow janitor about Sandusky in a shower with a young boy. The defense contended that Cleland made a mistake by allowing Petrosky’s hearsay testimony.
Sandusky is in solitary confinement serving a 30- to- 60-year sentence in a state prison outside Waynesburg, Greene County.
Cleland’s ruling means Sandusky will remain in prison. It could also set the stage for future appeals to the state Superior Court.