Jerry Sandusky returns to court for appeals hearing

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (WHTM) – Jerry Sandusky returned to Centre County Court on Friday for a hearing before a new judge.

The former Penn State assistant football coach is appealing his 2012 conviction for sexually abusing 10 boys and his 30- to 60-year prison sentence.

The trial judge, John Cleland, removed himself from the appeal last year, saying Sandusky’s attorneys impugned his integrity when they criticized a meeting between lawyers, Cleland and a district judge before Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing in 2011.

The state Supreme Court named Jefferson County Judge John Foradora to handle the appeal.

“There are a lot of pieces to the puzzle that we hope to put together to show that Mr. Sandusky by no means got a fair trial,” defense attorney Al Lindsay said.

Lindsay on Friday criticized police investigators in the case, saying they used suggestive questioning when they spoke to accusers.

“When someone says, ‘I can’t say what happened’ and then they say, ‘well, this is what everyone else is saying’ or ‘this is what we think you should say’, that’s suggestive questioning, and in this type of case, that type of questioning raises a lot of credibility issues,” Lindsay said.

Two state police investigators testified they only told the accusers there were other victims so they would feel more comfortable.

The hearing will continue May 11. Foradora said he expects to make a decision by the end of the year.

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