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Sandusky hearing to focus on fairness of trial, whether case was rushed, judge's rulings

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    FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. Sandusky is expected to appear on Thursday, Jan., 10, 2013 inside a central Pennsylvania courtroom for a hearing about whether his lawyers had enough time to prepare for trial. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) (The Associated Press)

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    FILE - In this Dec. 13, 2011, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center left, walks with his attorney Joe Amendola, center right, as he leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. Sandusky is expected to appear on Thursday, Jan., 10, 2013, inside a central Pennsylvania courtroom for a hearing about whether his lawyers had enough time to prepare for trial. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) (The Associated Press)

The judge who sentenced Jerry Sandusky to at least 30 years in prison is about to hear defense lawyers and prosecutors argue over whether the former Penn State assistant football coach got a fair trial.

The proceeding Thursday in Bellefonte includes a debate over whether Sandusky's lawyers had enough time to prepare for the trial that resulted in a 45-count guilty verdict.

Sandusky says Judge John Cleland should have issued jury instructions about how long it took his victims to report abuse.

He's also challenging hearsay testimony by a janitorial supervisor who told jurors that a co-worker had seen Sandusky raping a boy.

Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence, but maintains his innocence and is pursuing appeals.

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