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Pa. appeals court: No new trial for Jerry Sandusky

By Mark Scolforo

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

FILE - This June 22, 2012 file photo shows former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arriving at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. Sandusky should not get a new trial after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013.

Gene J. Puskar, Associated Press

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania appeals court says Jerry Sandusky doesn't deserve a new trial after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys.

A three-judge Superior Court panel ruled Wednesday, barely two weeks after hearing oral arguments by a state prosecutor and lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach.

Sandusky says his lawyers didn't have enough time to prepare for trial, a prosecutor made improper references to Sandusky not testifying on his own behalf and the judge mishandled jury instructions. The attorney general's office says the convictions should stand.

The 69-year-old Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence. His lawyer says he plans to seek Supreme Court review.

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