Sandusky Asks State's High Court to Take His Case

Friday, Nov 1, 2013  |  Updated 11:32 AM EDT
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Oct. 9, 2012: Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky walks into the Centre County Courthouse before being sentenced in his child sex abuse case.

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Jerry Sandusky is asking Pennsylvania's highest court to take up his appeal of child sex abuse conviction, saying a judge should have instructed jurors regarding the length of time it took victims to come forward.

Sandusky's petition, released Friday, calls the case a test of whether fair trials can be held "even in the worst of cases."
 
The former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.
 
The new filing also repeats other arguments that were recently rejected by the mid-level Superior Court, including a claim that Sandusky's lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare and that a prosecutor improperly referred to Sandusky's decision not to testify.

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