Sandusky expected in court Thursday for hearing on defense claims

Former Penn State football coach serving 30- to 60-year prison term

Author: , Reporter, BKoltnow@wfmz.com
Published: Jan 30 2013 03:37:06 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 10 2013 06:07:24 AM EST
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BELLEFONTE, Pa. -

Convicted child molester and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is set to return to a courtroom in Centre County on Thursday.

Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, is expected to argue the defense wasn't given enough time to prepare for last June's trial.

Sanduksy's attorneys are hoping either to win a new trial or reduce Sandusky's sentence. He's currently serving a 30- to 60-year prison term after being convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse involving 10 boys. Most of the assaults happened in the Penn State University campus locker rooms.

Throughout the trial and just after the verdict, Amendola argued he was never given enough time to sort through thousands of pages of documents and couldn't properly vet and call potential defense witnesses.

Since Sandusky's arrest in November 2011, Penn State has been in turmoil, from the firing of late head coach Joe Paterno to being slapped with a $60 million fine and sanctions by the NCAA.

Gov. Tom Corbett last week filed a lawsuit against the NCAA for its sanctions against Penn State.

Three former top university administrators will soon be heading to trial for allegedly covering up Sandusky's crimes against children.