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Over a year ago, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys over a span of 15 years. Wednesday, Sandusky and his lawyers were denied after they attempted to bring a new trial before the state Supreme Court.
According to the Associated Press, Sandusky said that his lawyers didn't have enough time to prepare for the case the first time around, causing prosecutors to make improper references and the jury to be flawed. Pennsylvania Superior Court Judge Jack Panella denied all of the former coach's claims.
Sandusky thought the jury for his case should have received better instruction. However, Panella quickly turned his request down. "The trial court specifically instructed the jury that they were to consider any possible motives of the victims in coming forward," he wrote. "The vigorous cross-examination of the victims and arguments by defense counsel, when combined with the trial court's instructions on credibility, clearly defined the issues for the jury."
Reuters reports that Sandusky's attorney, Norris Gelman, will appeal the judge's quick denial. "We are disappointed in the decision, and we had hopes for something better," he said.
Sandusky, 69, is serving 30 to 60 years (basically, the rest of his life) in prison.