Convicted Penn State abuser Jerry Sandusky to be re-sentenced, report

    Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will be resentenced for his 2012 conviction on multiple counts of sexual abuse. But the Pennsylvania Supreme Court has rejected his request for a new trial.

    From Yahoo Sports:

    “The re-sentencing order does not mean that Sandusky will face less time in prison. It just sends the issue back to the court to be restructured without the mandatory minimums. Sandusky originally faced a maximum of 442 years in prison.

    “’We look forward to appearing for the new sentencing proceedings and arguing to the court why this convicted sex offender should remain behind bars for a long time,’” Joe Grace, a spokesman for the attorney general’s office told the Associated Press.

    “Judge John Cleland, who oversaw the original trial, opted for a sentence far lower than the maximum, perhaps to avoid appeal on delivering too harsh of a penalty.

    “Since Sandusky was already 68, he was unlikely to survive the 30 years needed to ask for parole and even then was unlikely to receive it, due to the severity of the case, his notoriety and the number of victims (10 in the criminal trial, nearly three dozen more in civil settlements by Penn State).

    ” … Sandusky has maintained his innocence throughout and said in a statement that he will continue his appeals for a new trial. Sandusky’s argument cites ineffective counsel and the court’s numerous denials for continuance that prevented him the time needed to prepare a defense. The June 2012 trial came just over seven months after his initial arrest.”

    An award-winning political journalist with more than 25 years' experience in the news business, John L. Micek is The Pennsylvania Capital-Star's Editor-in-Chief. Before joining The Capital-Star, Micek spent six years as Opinion Editor at PennLive/The Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa., where he helped shape and lead a multiple-award-winning Opinion section for one of Pennsylvania's most-visited news websites. Prior to that, he spent 13 years covering Pennsylvania government and politics for The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. His career has also included stints covering Congress, Chicago City Hall and more municipal meetings than he could ever count, Micek contributes regular analysis and commentary to a host of broadcast outlets, including CTV-News in Canada and talkRadio in London, U.K., as well as "Face the State" on CBS-21 in Harrisburg, Pa.; "Pennsylvania Newsmakers" on WGAL-8 in Lancaster, Pa., and the Pennsylvania Cable Network. His weekly column on American politics is syndicated nationwide to more than 800 newspapers by Cagle Syndicate.

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