Former Penn State Coach Jerry Sandusky Appears in Court to Appeal Child Sex Abuse Conviction

iStock/Thinkstock(BELLEFONTE, Pa.) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky appeared in a Pennsylvania courtroom Monday as he appeals his child-sex abuse conviction.

In 2012, Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for the sexual abuse of 10 boys, following tearful testimony from his victims.

As officers led Sandusky into the courthouse Monday morning, the former coach, wearing an orange jumpsuit, told waiting reporters, "There’s much to say. For now, [defense attorney] Al Lindsay is gonna say it."

Defense attorneys and prosecutors then presented their arguments in an hour-long hearing before Judge John Cleland in a Centre County, Pennsylvania courtroom, near the State College campus of Penn State University.

Sandusky sat in the court as defense attorney Lindsay asked the judge for permission to question witnesses, including Sandusky's former lawyers, about the investigation and trial.

Prosecutors argued that a new hearing shouldn’t be granted.

Judge Cleland did not make a decision Monday, but warned the defense that he needs sufficient reason to continue with a hearing and it could not be a fishing expedition.

The judge did not set a date for ruling on Sandusky’s motions.

If his sentence stands, Sandusky, now 72, would be 98 at his earliest possible release date.

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