Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky comes to Centre County Court Thursday morning, hoping his lawyers can convince the judge that he deserves a new trial. Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coach, was convicted last June of sexually molesting 10 young boys over a period of 15 years. Some of the crimes were committed on the campus of Penn State University. Defense lawyers argued that they were not given enough time to form a defense, any defense, for Sandusky, telling the judge they were given more than 12 thousand pages of documents in the six months before their trial. Half of that amount came just before the trial began.
"You can't take 6400-6500 pages and give them to a lawyer and say ok, start the trail real soon. You have to give the lawyer time to work with it and time to digest it. You can't force a lawyer to trial when he's flying blind." said Norris Gelman, Sandusky attorney
But prosecutors say Sandusky's lawyers defeated their own argument when Joe Amendola, who represented Sandusky during the criminal trial, admitted after reviewing the files they would have no impact on the defense strategy.
"Those of you in there saw the four file boxes of information total from the Commonwealth. Mr. Amendola admitted that only one of those boxes was material to the cases tried against Mr. Sandusky. One box. One file box." said Frank Fina, Attorney General
Attorney Tom Kline represents a Sandusky victim. He believes Sandusky will not get a new trial.
"The key thing established today was Mr. Amendola's admission as a witness, no longer as Mr. Sandusky's lawyer, that nothing material would have changed if he had been given more time, more documents." Said Tom Kline, Represents Victim.