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Judge denies Sandusky appeal for new trial

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A judge has denied Jerry Sandusky's appeal for a new trial but his lawyers vow to take the issue to higher courts.

Wednesday afternoon, Judge John Cleland ruled on seven appellate motions from Sandusky's lawyers. He denied all seven.

Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, has been convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. His lawyers' primary argument for an appeal was that they did not have enough time to prepare for a trial.

In ruling on the appeal, Cleland said the motions were denied because more time would not have changed the outcome of the trial.

"Counsel conceded, having reviewed the discovery material after the trial, he could find nothing that would have changed his trial strategy if he had had the benefit of it before trial," Cleland wrote. "There was, in other words, no prejudice to the defendant."

Norris Gelman, the lawyer brought on to handle Sandusky's appeal, says they plan to file an appeal with the Superior Court within two weeks.

"It will be a full appellate brief and among the matters discussed will be the court's opinion," Gelman said of their appeal to the Superior Court.

He said the appeal will be limited to the same issues presented to Cleland.

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