Sandusky takes stand during appeals hearing


A cluster of Sandusky supporters sat together, including his wife and former Penn State assistant coach Dick Anderson, who offered Sandusky a thumbs-up on his way inside the courtroom as Sandusky smiled in their direction.

The testimony will begin at 9:30 a.m.at the Centre County courthouse in Bellefonte.

"Absolutely not, that idea is absolutely foreign to me" and "disgusting", said Sandusky, 72, now serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for a 45-count conviction.

Despite the damage to its reputation, some members of the Penn State family still cherish the years of coaching put forth by the late Joe Paterno. Sandusky testified that the defense "was in chaos" and "there wasn't time to discuss anything". "Amendola didn't suggest any questions they might ask".

Sandusky also said his lawyer talked him out of testifying.

"Sandusky will testify", on Friday, said Alexander Lindsay, Sandusky's current lawyer. The law requires that Sandusky demonstrate his legal team's mistakes "so undermined the truth-determining process that no reliable adjudication of guilt or innocence could have taken place".

"I believe there are two sides to this story", the 72-year-old Sandusky said during testimony that lasted just less than an hour.

An unsuccessful appeal at the common pleas level here would still leave avenues open with higher courts at the state and federal level, he explained.

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) - Jerry Sandusky plans to take the stand at an appeals hearing in a fresh chance to prove his claim he was wrongly convicted four years ago of sexually abusing 10 boys.

The appearance will mark the first time that Sandusky, an assistant football coach for three decades at Pennsylvania State University under legendary head coach Joe Paterno, will testify in his own defense.

The hearing also delved into the defense's decision at the start of the case to waive the preliminary hearing as part of an agreement in which prosecutors did not seek to increase Sandusky's $250,000 bail.

Amendola said Victim 2 first met with his investigators before trial and said Sandusky did nothing wrong, then hired a civil lawyer and made an abuse claim.

Sandusky, who is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence at the Greene County prison, is seeking a retrial under Pennsylvania's Post-Conviction Relief Act that applies to cases confined to newly discovered evidence, constitutional violations and ineffective lawyering.

Sandusky has appealed his convictions and lost twice.

"If we don't get what we want here, we're going to go Superior Court and then the State Supreme Court, and then you eventually wind up in federal court", Lindsay said. He hopes that his cries and denials are heard by the judge and that either his conviction is thrown out or he is given the opportunity to go back to trial. The hearing is scheduled for two more days, August 22 and August 23.