Criminal Justice

Sandusky's appeal of child-molestation conviction nixed by Penn. Supreme Court

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In a one-sentence order, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court refused on Wednesday to hear an appeal by former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of his child-molestation conviction.

However, other avenues of appeal remain open to Sandusky. They include a state court filing under Pennsylvania’s Post-Conviction Relief Act concerning new evidence or any claim that Sandusky didn’t get effective assistance of legal counsel. Eventually, he could also file a federal court habeas corpus petition, according to the Associated Press.

His attorney, Norris Gelman, said he was disappointed by the Wednesday ruling and expects Sandusky to file a new appeal.

Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term for sexually abusing 10 boys.

See also: “Claiming prosecutorial misconduct in Sandusky probe, ex-Penn State president sues state AG’s office”

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