says Sandusky hired him for new appeal in Penn State sex case
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[July 01, 2014]
By David DeKok
HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) - Former Penn
State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has hired a new lawyer to
pursue another appeal of his conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse,
the attorney said on Monday.
Al Lindsay, who leads the Pittsburgh area firm of Lindsay Law
Firm, said he plans to file the appeal in the same court in
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, where Sandusky, now 70, was sentenced in
2012 to 30 to 60 years in prison.
Lindsay would not go into detail about the grounds for a new appeal,
although legal experts said that under the Pennsylvania
Post-Conviction Relief Act, a claim of ineffective legal counsel is
one of the few roads open to Sandusky. Nor would he say how he was
“It’s a long story,” Lindsay said. “I got a call.”
The deadline for filing the appeal is a year from April 2, the date
on which the Pennsylvania Supreme Court shut down the former coach’s
original round of appeals. His lawyer at the time, Norris Gelman,
had argued that the state's case rested on the credibility of the
victims and since some of the complaints dated back as long as 16
years, that should have warranted an instruction to the jury on the
failure to make a prompt report of sexual abuse.
Lindsay said he would likely file the appeal this fall, which also
happens to be the time frame for the State Employees Retirement
System board to rule on a hearing examiner's recommendation that
Sandusky's state pension of nearly $60,000 a year be restored. The
examiner said last week that he should receive the taxpayer-funded
retirement money because state rules for forfeiting pensions due to
sex crimes took effect in 2004 and Sandusky was not a Penn State
employee at that time, having retired in 1999.
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In a case that rocked the world of big-time college sports, Sandusky
was found guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, using
his position in the prestigious football program to gain access to
His one-time boss, coaching legend Joe Paterno lost his job in the
aftermath of the scandal. Paterno died in 2012 at age 85.
(Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Lisa Shumaker)
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