November 20, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - A Philadelphia prosecutor asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday to reinstate the historic child-endangerment conviction against Msgr. William J. Lynn, former secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "He had a duty to protect children from priests, and he protected priests," said Hugh Burns, chief of the District Attorney's Office appellate unit. But Lynn's attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, said the monsignor could not be held responsible for a priest's sexual abuse of a child because the law at the time did not recognize him as a supervisor.
November 16, 2014 |
Pennsylvania State University's president will review the Freeh report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal that concluded former top administrators conspired to cover up child sex-abuse allegations to preserve the university's reputation, the school announced Saturday. The university said president Eric J. Barron's decision was made "in response to recent calls for an examination. " Barron told trustees Friday he would conduct the review, the university said. E-mails released last week showed regular correspondence between the NCAA and former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who led the Sandusky investigation commissioned and paid for by the university.
November 8, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Joe Paterno "probably" should not have been fired, Gov. Corbett said Thursday. In his most expansive comments since the child-sex-abuse scandal erupted at Pennsylvania State University three years ago, the governor said that Paterno "technically complied with the law" in dealing with pedophile Jerry Sandusky and that university trustees should have let the iconic coach end his career when the season did. "They probably shouldn't have...
November 5, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Call it the Paterno factor. Throughout the day, members of a group called Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship donned PSU gear and went to the polls to vote against Gov. Corbett. They did this not because they necessarily liked Tom Wolf any better - but out of protest. Protest over Corbett's handling, as attorney general, of the investigation into serial child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky. Protest over how he dealt with Pennsylvania State University, and its legendary football coach, Joe Paterno, after he became governor and state prosecutors brought charges in the case.
October 28, 2014 |
Philadelphia prosecutors didn't call out state Attorney General Kathleen Kane by name last week. But they might as well have. "Clear, convincing, and compelling," District Attorney Seth Williams said of the evidence supporting corruption charges against former Traffic Court Judge Thomasine Tynes, whose case was quietly dropped by Kane last year. The facts at hand, Williams added, "are about as simple as they probably seemed to average citizens. " Referring to an informant's damning recordings, he described the revival of the prosecution as a two-step process: "press and play.
October 7, 2014
IT HAS perversion, stupidity and eddies of irony, and it's spreading like an STD. I refer, of course, to Pennsylvania's high-profile porno scandal. So far, it's X'ed a Cabinet member, Environmental Secretary Christopher Abruzzo, and his deputy counsel, Glenn Parno (that's Parno, not porno), both of whom resigned last week. It ensnared a member of the state Board of Probation and Parole, Randy Feathers, who was asked to resign but refuses, and whose first name, given the issue, all but demands the observation that "you can't make this stuff up. " It's brushed a state Supreme Court justice, Seamus McCaffery, and the head of the state Gaming Control Board, William Ryan Jr. It touched State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, who tells Gov. Corbett that he never opened any of 300-plus e-porn gifts received.
October 5, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett on Friday sought the resignation of a third state official - his appointee to the state Parole Board - amid disclosures that the man had participated in the exchange of pornography over state computers. But Randy Feathers said he would not step down from the $116,000-a-year job. In an interview, Feathers said he sent a letter to Corbett explaining his stance and a second to Attorney General Kathleen Kane asking for an independent forensic expert to review the sexually explicit messages that she says he received or forwarded.
September 30, 2014
IT JUST never ends. The state that was the keystone of colonies, the cradle of Democracy, a lofty leader for what's good and right just keeps finding ways to degrade itself. And I'm not talking bond ratings. I'm talking X-ratings. As you may have heard, the governor, the chief justice of the Supreme Court and the attorney general are embroiled in a porn scandal. The guv and chief want more details (snicker, snicker) on what the A.G. has regarding who used government computers to send, swap or watch sexually explicit videos and images.
September 25, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane has launched an internal investigation into alleged sexually explicit e-mails sent and received on state computers, her office said Tuesday. The disclosure came in a letter denying an Inquirer request for the e-mails, which sources have said circulated among scores of state employees, including prominent officials. In the letter, the Attorney General's Office said it had decided that the material does not fall under the legal definition of a public record, and argued that any such e-mails would be exempt because they are part of an internal inquiry, and may be relevant "to the investigation of violations of agency policy and the appropriate use of agency equipment.