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Judge denies Sandusky appeal

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A judge rejected Wednesday an appeal by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky for a new trial in his sexual-abuse case.

Sandusky argued that his attorneys were unnecessarily rushed into preparing their defense last summer in the trial that led to his conviction on 48 counts of child-sexual assault.

In a 27-page ruling, Judge John M. Cleland wrote that Sandusky's lawyers found no additional evidence after the trial that would have impacted their preparations.

"I do not think it can be said that either of the defendant's trial counsel failed to test the prosecution's case in a meaningful manner," Cleland wrote.

"The defendant's attorneys subjected the commonwealth's witnesses to meaningful and effective cross-examination, presented evidence for the defense and presented both a comprehensive opening statement and a clearly developed closing argument."

Sandusky, 69, is serving a minimum 30-year sentence in state prison for sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Sandusky's attorney, Norris Gelman, said Wednesday that he will file an appeal with the Pennsylvania Superior Court within 30 days.

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