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Date published: 1/10/2013
HARRISBURG, Pa.--Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is expected to appear in a Pennsylvania courtroom today for a hearing about whether his lawyers had enough time to prepare for trial.
The proceeding in Bellefonte was scheduled to take up a set of legal challenges filed by Sandusky's lawyers over how he was tried and convicted, including their claim that a deluge of prosecution materials swamped the defense.
Judge John Cleland issued an order last week for county deputies to bring Sandusky, 68, to the hearing. Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence after being convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He maintains his innocence.
Unlike the trial and sentencing, electronics of all kinds will be barred from the courtroom, under an order Cleland issued, citing violations of previous courtroom decorum rules by reporters.
In a recent brief, Sandusky's lawyers say the state Supreme Court has ruled that defense attorneys have to undertake "reasonable investigations" or make decisions that those investigations aren't needed.
"Given the vast amount of material the prosecution turned over at the 11th hour, it is clear counsel could not come close to fulfilling this obligation," wrote attorneys Joe Amendola and Norris Gelman.
The defense lawyers asked for the hearing to develop that issue with testimony and exhibits as they seek a new trial.