May 6, 6:00 PM EDT

Sandusky appeal seeks to have molestation case thrown out



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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is arguing that pretrial publicity, leaks and unprepared defense lawyers are among the reasons a judge should throw out his 45-count conviction for child sexual abuse.

Sandusky's lawyer filed an appeal Wednesday that says his constitutional rights were violated and his attorneys weren't effective.

The petition says Sandusky's right to a fair trial was "crushed under a stampede of vitriol, rage and prejudice" that warrants a new trial and ultimately the dismissal of charges.

The petition argues that the accusers' stories changed and that prosecutors' case was based on incompetent, unreliable and inadmissible testimony.

The attorney general's office says it's reviewing the petition and plans to file an appropriate response.

Sandusky is serving a sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison.

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