Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is trying to get back the retirement benefits that he lost following his child sex abuse conviction.

Sandusky, who is serving a minimum 30-year sentence, had been getting $4,900 per month from a state pension fund until he was convicted of child sex abuse in October 2012.


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His lawyers are now trying to argue that his benefits have nothing to do with the case against him and should be off-limits.

Former federal prosecutor Lis Wiehl and former U.S. Assistant Attorney Doug Burns discussed the case with Jon Scott on Happening Now.


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“There is a Pennsylvania statute right on point on this. When you commit a crime, and actually [he] even used the university to facilitate some of those crimes, by the way, you forfeit your pension,” Wiehl said. “You really wanna be that judge that says ‘Oh yeah, let’s give him $60,000 of state-funded taxpayer money to this guy who’s now behind bars?’ I don’t think so.”

Burns added that he is trying to appeal the decision, and the success rate of an appeal in this case would be extremely low.

Sandusky’s wife is also barred from receiving his benefits.

Watch the video above to hear the full discussion.