Jerry Sandusky's lawyers argue for new trial

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm •  Published: January 10, 2013
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"This is a long, long time not to make some kind of report ... and it goes to their credibility," Gelman said.

Prosecutor Frank Fina told Cleland that the issue of "failure to report" by the victims was a major theme during the trial. It was brought up during both parties' opening statements and closing arguments and during cross-examination of the eight victims who testified against Sandusky, he said.

Amendola's performance at trial and his questioning of witnesses are evidence that a fair trial took place even though the case moved from arrest to verdict in about eight months, Fina said.

"He used everything he had to cross-examine these young men," Fina said.

Amendola, who testified Thursday, said the trial's timetable did not permit sufficient investigation into the accusers' backgrounds.

He also described a scramble to cope with a string of pretrial hearings while trying to adequately analyze the discovery materials. At one point, his copier even broke down.

"Did we look at the material? Yes, we glanced over it," he said under questioning by Gelman.

Amendola recounted how he and co-counsel Karl Rominger sought unsuccessfully to be taken off the case, evidence of their frustration over how quickly things were moving.

After the hearing, Gelman compared Sandusky's odds of a new trial to a three-point shot in basketball, while Fina downplayed the defense's chances of success.

"I think the people of Pennsylvania can be confident this conviction is going to stand," Fina told reporters.