Jerry Sandusky's lawyers file appeal

Updated: July 12, 2012, 7:15 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Jerry Sandusky's lawyers have filed a notice of appeal, claiming the judge in the former Penn State assistant coach's child sex abuse trial issued an improper order that had not been agreed upon during the pretrial hearing.

Judge John Cleland ordered Sandusky's defense team to divulge confidential work product information, attorney Karl Rominger wrote in the appeal filed Wednesday to the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

According to the appeal, Cleland forced the defense to share its strategy and thought process with the prosecution and jury by ordering the defense to reveal who it shared discovery materials with.

"The net effect of the court's order is to invade the province of attorney work product," Rominger wrote in the appeal.

The appeal also complained the court "lacked the authority to retroactively impose a protective order concerning prior conduct."

Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of 45 criminal counts for abusing 10 boys. He faces a minimum of 60 years in prison.

Rominger's appeal was issued the same day that Penn State released an internal report concluding that Joe Paterno and other school officials covered up child sex abuse allegations against Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity, allowing Sandusky to prey on other youngsters.

After an eight-month inquiry, former FBI director Louis Freeh's firm produced a 267-page report that concluded that Hall of Fame coach Paterno, president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade."

Freeh called the officials' disregard for child victims "callous and shocking."