February 26, 2014 |
Philadelphia's top crime-fighter wants to take on new territory: District Attorney Seth Williams said Monday he is seeking a seat on Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees. Williams is a 1989 graduate and a "legacy" - his father went to Penn State in the 1940s when black students couldn't live on campus by way of unofficial school policy. During his own time there, Williams said, he headed the black student caucus, led a march from Penn State to Harrisburg protesting the school's investments in South Africa and was president of student government in his senior year.
February 7, 2014 |
HARRISBURG Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday that her inquiry into how state prosecutors handled the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse investigation has been delayed by, among other things, a struggle to gather potential evidence and a need to have the report reviewed by a judge. In a statement, Kane said she remained committed to releasing the report on the decisions made by her predecessors. The investigation began in 2009, when now-Gov. Corbett was running the office, and continued under Attorney General Linda Kelly.
January 24, 2014 |
Since its beginnings, the Sundance Film Festival has been where documentary films come to be born. And this year, three docs with Pennsylvania ties are making news. Amir Bar-Lev's documentary Happy Valley focuses on the Jerry Sandusky scandal. In one sequence, we see a standoff between tourists trying to take a picture by the statue of late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, and an elderly man with a handwritten sign accusing Paterno of covering up for a child molester. As the tourists verbally abuse the old man, some pushing him aside as he tries to spoil their shots, the battle over the legacy of Paterno and Penn State devolves into a shoving match from which neither side emerges touched.
January 14, 2014
SOMETIMES politics is a strange and twisted thing. (OK, most times.) Sometimes an issue can hang around so long, its impact on an officeholder reverses. Think Obamacare. Or (probably) views of Gov. Chris Christie's style. But can the same issue reverse itself on two officeholders in different ways? Take the case of the state's long-finished investigation of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. In 2012, an unknown former county prosecutor from Scranton rode anger over and suspicion about that multiyear probe into statewide office.
January 9, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - For hours Tuesday morning, Jerry Sandusky looked into a camera and spoke warmly about his illustrious coaching career, his love of Pennsylvania State University, and his commitment to the Second Mile, the boys' charity that he founded and ran. He rocked back in his chair at times, smiling or chuckling as he sifted through papers on the table in front of him. It was almost noon by the time a lawyer finally mentioned the crimes that...
January 3, 2014 |
Disappointment. Anger. Grudging resignation. And, also, gratitude. Those were some of the emotions expressed on New Year's Day by alumni, fans, and other Pennsylvania State University faithful over the expected departure of football coach Bill O'Brien, who brought stability and success to a program on the verge of ruin two years ago in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. "I thought we had our coach," said Jeff Pawlick, 41, a 1994 graduate who was watching the Mummers Parade near the Kimmel Center on Wednesday afternoon.
December 23, 2013 |
Cynthia Baldwin, Pennsylvania State University's former top lawyer, told grand jurors last year former president Graham B. Spanier was a liar only days after prosecutors had met privately with her, at her request, to discuss the Jerry Sandusky case. According to a letter she and her lawyer signed in October 2012, Baldwin was told anything she said in that off-the-record meeting would not be used against her in a criminal case. Spanier's attorney, Elizabeth Ainslie, released the letter Friday, contending that Baldwin turned against the former university president only to save herself from being charged in the alleged cover-up.
December 21, 2013 |
In December 2010, Cynthia Baldwin, then the top lawyer for Pennsylvania State University, got a call from a state prosecutor informing her that Joe Paterno and two administrators were being called before a grand jury investigating claims of child sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky. "I got up out of my seat and ran up the stairs to the second floor to tell the president," Baldwin later testified. She said she spoke with Graham B. Spanier and the others about the importance of preserving all files, e-mails, and information about Sandusky for investigators.
December 20, 2013 |
Pennsylvania State University waived its attorney-client privilege last year so its former attorney could testify against three top university officials under investigation in the alleged cover-up of reports of child sex abuse by Jerry Sandusky, according to newly unsealed court records. Cynthia Baldwin, who has emerged as a central witness in the case against former president Graham B. Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley, was present in 2011 when the men testified to a grand jury investigating Sandusky.
December 19, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - After deciding not to hear testimony from a pivotal witness, the judge overseeing the case against three former Pennsylvania State University administrators charged with covering up reports of Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse adjourned a pretrial hearing Tuesday after just 20 minutes. Further court action is unlikely to resume until early next year, said Elizabeth Ainslie, attorney for former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier, who was the only defendant to appear in court Tuesday.