Pa. court takes up Sandusky's bid for new trial

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By MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A hearing has begun into the claim by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky that the criminal proceeding against him was so flawed that he deserves a new trial.

A three-judge Pennsylvania Superior Court panel was hearing an oral argument Tuesday regarding the appeal.

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

Sandusky claims his lawyers weren't given enough time to prepare for trial, that a prosecutor made improper references to the fact he didn't testify and that the judge mishandled jury instructions.

The state attorney general's office says the 45-count conviction should stand and Sandusky shouldn't get a new trial.

The hearing is being conducted in a full courtroom in Wilkes-Barre. Sandusky isn't there.

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