Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky walks into the Centre County Courthouse before being sentenced in his child sex abuse case on October 9, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. (Getty Images)
(CNN) -- Jerry Sandusky gets a shot at regaining some of his freedom Thursday, when his lawyers launch an
appeal to reverse his conviction on multiple counts of child sex abuse.
The coach was sentenced
in October to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison
for abusing 10 boys during a 15-year period. He originally faced the
possibility of up to a 400-year prison term.
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The former Penn State
assistant football coach will appear at the Center County court in
Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, where his legal team will make a
Judge John Cleland, who
presided over Sandusky's conviction and sentencing will not rule on it
until a yet-unannounced future date.
Sandusky's lawyers argue
that there was insufficient evidence to convict him, and that the court
didn't allow them enough time to prepare for trial, after the
prosecution flooded them with documentation.
They also maintain that
certain counts were too broad and general and should therefore have been
dismissed. The lack of specifics further prevented Sandusky from
preparing an adequate defense, they have said.
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But Cleland could easily
rule that evidence presented at the criminal trial was so overwhelming
-- the victims' testimony, for instance -- that it would not have
changed the end result, said Karl Rominger, one of Sandusky's lawyers.
The eight victims who
testified, now young men, said that they were boys when Sandusky forced
them to engage in sexual acts with him. The acts occurred, they said, in
showers in Penn State's athletic facilities; hotel rooms; and the
basement of Sandusky's home, among other places.
Testimony was often emotional and graphic, and jurors convicted him of 45 of the 48 sexual abuse counts.
This first attempt to
overturn the conviction based on ineffective counsel, a common appeals
tactic, will be tough, his lawyers have said, but if the court rejects
it, they can launch new appeals based on different aspects of the law.
"If you win on one of
the appeal issues, everything probably falls," defense attorney Joe
Amendola has said. "All we have to do is convince an appellate court
that one of the issues we will raise is worthy of a reversal."
Amendola and Rominger have also filed a motion to have the 68-year-old Sandusky's sentence reconsidered.
The lawyers attempted to
withdraw from the case before the trial, telling Cleland the day before
jury selection began that they did not feel adequately prepared and
that it would be "unethical" for them to move forward. Cleland denied
The sex abuse scandal led to the firing of head football coach Joe
Paterno and the ouster of the university's longtime president, Graham
Spanier. Paterno died in January of lung cancer. The NCAA slapped Penn State with fines and sanctions over the case.