Judge John Foradora issued a ruling Wednesday denying Jerry Sandusky’s appeal for a retrial in the case of his child sexual abuse conviction. Foradora has been specially presiding over the case since February.
Hearings for Sandusky’s appeal began in May 2016 as his current attorneys argued he received ineffective counsel from his original attorneys, Joe Amendola and Karl Rominger, before, during, and after his original trial.
There are questions surrounding the following details from Sandusky’s original trial, which his current lawyers said were grounds for his appeal for retrial:
- whether Amendola and the prosecution knew the identity of Victim 2, who did not testify at trial
- why Amendola didn’t object to various statements made by prosecutors
- whether some victims who testified at trial underwent controversial repressed memory therapy
- if Sandusky was fully apprised of the consequences of waiving a preliminary hearing
- if Amendola should have more vigorously pursued issues of possible grand jury leaks
- why Amendola allowed Sandusky to do a televised interview with Bob Costas after Sandusky’s arrest
Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012 and is currently serving 30 to 60 years in state prison. He has 30 days to appeal the denial.
Geoff Rushton also contributed to this story.