Jerry Sandusky has launched an attempt to overturn his conviction for child sexual abuse by claiming his trial was unfair and violated his rights.
Lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach filed a 31-page document yesterday that attacked rulings by the judge, the prosecution's closing argument and the speed with which he went from arrest to trial.
Sandusky wants the charges tossed out 'and/or' a new trial, saying the statute of limitations had run out for many of the 45 counts for which he was convicted in June.
Currently in a county jail near State College, he is awaiting transfer to the Pennsylvania prison system to begin serving a 30- to 60-year sentence.
'The defendant submits the court's sentence was excessive and tantamount... to a life sentence, which the defendant submits is in violation of his rights,' his lawyers wrote.
The motions cover a wide range of assertions, including insufficient evidence and improper use of hearsay testimony. More than a third of the document explores ways Sandusky believes the rapid pace of the case violated his right to due process of law, as he was tried just over seven months after arrest.
His lawyers said they were swamped by documents from prosecutors, they lacked time to interview possible witnesses and an expert and two assistants were not available at trial.
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