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He also said that his trial attorney, Joe Amendola, never told him that a phone interview he did with Bob Costas of NBC News could be used against him in court. According to Sandusky, Amendola told him 15 minutes before the interview, “They want to interview you, all you have to do is say you are innocent.”
Amendola testified Sandusky was getting numerous media requests after charges were filed against him, and he thought an interview with Bob Costas, a reputable sports reporter, would present a golden opportunity to get their side of the story out.
Sandusky, who did not take the stand during his trial, now says his attorneys did not represent him adequately and that there were numerous mistakes on the part of the prosecution. He says the defense team was in a state of chaos.
Amendola said he prepared Sandusky to testify, but he did not end up taking the standbecause the defense had concerns about various repercussions.
Friday’s hearing before Judge John Cleland was the first of three days of proceedings to address whether Sandusky deserves a new trial because of his assertions that his defense team should have called him to testify in his own defense, and that prosecutors improperly leaked information about the grand jury investigation and lied about not knowing the identity of an alleged victim.
The attorney general’s office has said in a statement provided to NBC News that if feels Sandusky’s claims are “meritless. We will be prepared to vigorously challenge those claims in court.”
Source: NBC News