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Judges hear Sandusky appeal

From Gary Sinderson and AP

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. -- Jerry Sandusky's request for a new trial is in the hands of three Pennsylvania appeals court judges following a half-hour argument session.

The Superior Court panel, meeting in Luzerne County, considered the arguments Tuesday of Sandusky lawyer Norris Gelman.  

Gelman argued that the former Penn State assistant coach was rushed to trial on child molestation charges last year.  Sanduskys trial began only seven months after his arrest.

Gelman also said the trial judge mishandled jury instructions and a prosecutor made improper references to Sandusky not taking the stand in his own defense.

Sanduskys attorney said the delay that it took victims to come forward with claims against Sandusky were an area of concern.  Gelman said the delay added up to 73 years.

The Bob Costas interview with Sandusky that aired on NBC after his arrest was discussed.  Gelman said it may have unfairly impacted the jury.

James Barker of the state attorney general's office argues that a new trial isn't warranted.

The 69-year-old Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.

The judges didn't indicate when they will rule. Sandusky wasn't in court, but his wife Dottie attended.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times