>> Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky wants a new trial. The former assistant football coach at Penn State taking the stand Friday in a bid to get his conviction thrown out. Reuters reporter David DeKok was in the courthouse in Belafonte, Pennsylvania.>> There were two angles that Jerry Sandusky had today.
One was to use this opportunity to once and for all proclaim his innocence. Of the sexual offense charges that had been leveled against him, that continue to be leveled against him and for which he's serving 30 to 60 years in prison. And secondly, he hopes to win a new trial on the grounds that his original counsel, Joseph Amendola, was incompetent.
They have to prove that not just that Joe Amendola made mistakes, but that the mistakes prevented Sandusky from receiving a fair trial, and that's a much higher test.>> In 2012, Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexually abusing boys, dating back to the mid 1990s. The case led to numerous sanctions against the university, charges against some of its top administrators, and the dismissal of the now-deceased head coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky's hearing will likely take weeks if not months to decide whether to grant the 72-year-old a new trial or not.