Issues to be debated at Sandusky's appeals hearing

AP News
Posted: Sep 14, 2013 9:22 AM

Superior Court will hear oral argument Tuesday in Wilkes-Barre as former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky seeks a new trial. Here's what his lawyer and the attorney general's office will debate:

PROMPT COMPLAINT: Did the judge make a mistake when he did not give jurors a defense-requested instruction about the failure of some of the victims to report their abuse in promptly?


SANDUSKY TESTIMONY: Did the prosecutor cross a line when he referred to a Sandusky TV interview, raising questions in jurors' minds about why he did not take the stand in his own defense?


SPEEDY TRIAL: Did Sandusky's lawyers have ample time to prepare for trial, given that prosecutors turned over about 9,000 pages of documents?


CHARACTER EVIDENCE: Did the judge err when he told jurors that character evidence should be weighed along with the other evidence in the case?