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Penn State Sex Scandal Update: Judges weighing whether Jerry Sandusky gets new trial

FOR USE AS DESIRED, YEAR END PHOTOS - FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse by Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau, left, and a deputy, after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison, effectively a life sentence, in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File) Matt Rourke

Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse by Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau, left, and a deputy, after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa., Oct. 9, 2012.
AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File

(CBS/AP) WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky's request for a new trial is in the hands of three Pennsylvania appeals court judges following a half-hour argument session Tuesday.

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The Superior Court panel heard arguments from Sandusky lawyer Norris Gelman, including that the former Penn State assistant coach was rushed to trial on child molestation charges last year.

Gelman also says the trial judge mishandled jury instructions and a prosecutor made improper references to Sandusky not taking the stand in his own defense.

James Barker of the state attorney general's office argues that a new trial isn't warranted.

The 69-year-old Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.

The judges didn't indicate when they will rule. Sandusky wasn't in court.

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