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Mr. Amendola recounted how he and co-counsel Karl Rominger sought unsuccessfully to be taken off the case, evidence of their frustration over how quickly things were moving.

After the hearing, Mr. Gelman compared Sandusky’s odds of a new trial to a three-point shot in basketball, while Mr. Fina downplayed the defense’s chances of success.

“I think the people of Pennsylvania can be confident this conviction is going to stand,” Mr. Fina told reporters.