Sandusky is innocent, deserves new trial, lawyer says

Tue Aug 23, 2016 2:35pm EDT
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By David DeKok

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky is innocent and should get a new trial, his defense lawyer told reporters following a three-day hearing in a Pennsylvania state court.

"There were so many flaws in his trial," attorney Alexander Lindsay said.

But Lindsay appeared to make little headway during the three days of hearings in proving that prosecutors illegally leaked grand jury information to a reporter in 2011, a key argument in Sandusky's bid for a new trial.

The former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted of 45 counts of sexual assault in 2012 and is serving 30 to 60 years in prison.

Asked whether he was saying the 10 boys who accused Sandusky of the sexual assault were liars, Lindsay said only that their testimony was factually inaccurate. He blamed the "repressed memory" therapy received by some of the boys for making them think they were victims.

"The sexual assaults by Jerry Sandusky simply did not occur," he said.

But Sandusky prosecutor Joseph McGettigan, who had several testy exchanges with Lindsay while on the witness stand on Tuesday, dismissed that assertion.

"I live in the real world," McGettigan told reporters.   Continued...

Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky (C), a former assistant football coach at Penn State University, leaves after his appeal hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, U.S. on October 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Pat Little/File Photo