Sandusky appears in court to appeal child sex-abuse conviction

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WHTM) – Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was in a Centre County courtroom Thursday morning to appeal his child sexual abuse conviction.

Sandusky declined to comment as police led him into the courthouse. “My talking will be done in the courtroom,” is all he said to reporters.

His new lawyers asked a judge for permission to subpoena witnesses and for access to emails between prosecutors and judges.

Sandusky claims his attorney in 2012 was ineffective. He also says the case was rushed to trial, and he alleges improper conduct by prosecutors.

The 71-year-old is serving 30 to 60 years on more than 40 child sexual abuse charges.

Three former Penn State administrators – former president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley – are awaiting trial on perjury and other charges stemming from their alleged cover-up of the abuse.

ABC 27’s Kendra Nichols is in Bellefonte for the hearing. Look for updates online and on-air.

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