April 11, 2014 |
A judge on Wednesday ripped the NCAA for forcing Pennsylvania State University to pay $60 million in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal and said she intended to review whether the penalty was legal. In an opinion upholding a state law that seeks to ensure that the funds go to programs in Pennsylvania, Commonwealth Court Judge Anne E. Covey wrote that there were "many discrepancies" between the NCAA's constitution and its July 2012 agreement with Penn State on the sanctions.
April 9, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett signed into law Monday three child-protection bills, part of the ongoing effort to transform the way the state handles child-abuse cases following the Jerry Sandusky case. The legislation, which emerged from a task force created after the indictment of the former assistant football coach at Pennsylvania State University, will create a statewide database to track reporting of child abuse and provide dedicated funding for Child Advocacy Centers. "The bills I am signing into law today are another step forward in the fight to end child abuse," Corbett said.
April 8, 2014
LET'S AGREE on two things about the controversial sting on Philadelphia pols. One, we still don't know who's right and who's wrong about how it was handled. Two, in its aftermath, individual and institutional rehab is in order. This is true for state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose rising-star reputation got sucked into a black hole from which it remains to be retrieved. It's true for the Legislature; once again tarnished, once again exposed for ethical lethargy and ongoing failures to promote public trust.
April 4, 2014 |
Jerry Sandusky's latest attempt to overturn his conviction on 45 counts of child sexual abuse was denied Wednesday as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said it would not hear his appeal. The former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach, convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys he met through his charity for underprivileged youth, had asked the court to review his case because he said his attorneys were not given adequate time to prepare for his 2012 trial. His defense team had to review thousands of pages of transcripts and other documents, some of which they said they received just weeks before trial.
April 2, 2014 |
Former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier is asking a federal judge to halt his trial on charges that he helped cover up child sex-abuse by Jerry Sandusky, this time alleging misconduct by a prosecutor. In a lawsuit filed Monday against Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane in Harrisburg, Spanier accuses former Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina of violating his right to due process and acting in bad faith by bringing charges based on testimony from Cynthia Baldwin, Penn State's former top lawyer.
March 22, 2014 |
An attorney for Jerry Sandusky contends that members of the state retirement system used an unprecedented and improper interpretation of the law to strip Sandusky of his pension after his conviction on child sex-abuse charges. The State Employees Retirement System revoked Sandusky's $4,900 monthly Pennsylvania State University payments after concluding that his 2012 conviction violated laws governing such pensions. Sandusky stopped working as a Penn State assistant football coach in 1999, but the agency concluded he was "an actual or de facto employee" of the school through 2008, a span during which he sexually abused boys.
March 21, 2014 |
Seven months before Jerry Sandusky's arrest, investigators believed they were on the verge of a bigger bombshell: that top officials at Pennsylvania State University had for years protected a serial sex abuser who assaulted young boys on campus. In a closed-door meeting, Deputy Attorney General Frank G. Fina asked a judge to let them get years of e-mails from officials, including coach Joe Paterno and President Graham B. Spanier. "It appears possible that quite a number of people at Penn State University either knew or suspected something untoward was happening," Fina said.
March 20, 2014
Rarely, it seems, is anything what it appears to be when it comes to Pennsylvania politics. Thus we have the state's top law enforcement officer declaring that crimes have occurred, but offering excuses for not pursuing the alleged criminals that seem to get weaker by the day. The truth is unlikely to be revealed without further investigation and possibly legal proceedings. Both the state Ethics Commission and the state House Ethics Committee have been asked by a private citizen to look into the matter.
March 14, 2014 |
For more than a year, a documentary producer and other supporters of Jerry Sandusky have been building a campaign to discredit his accusers and the investigation that led to his conviction as Pennsylvania's most infamous serial sex abuser of children. The latest step came Wednesday, as Sandusky's wife defended her husband in a nationally broadcast interview. "People need to know that Jerry is not guilty," Dottie Sandusky told NBC's Today . The image of a tearful Dottie Sandusky contrasted sharply with the spouse who testified matter-of-factly at her husband's 2012 trial and who had been described by his victims as aloof and disinterested.
March 13, 2014
ATTORNEY General Corbett accepted $600,000 from Jerry Sandusky's Second Mile Foundation as he was running for governor, during which time he let Jerry himself run free. Gov. Corbett later awarded Second Mile a $3 million grant. Gov. Corbett accepted lavish gifts from people who later landed lucrative state contracts. He attends gala birthday soirees in his honor hosted by gas companies. Gov. Corbett boasts that he reduced unemployment. He does not mention that the labor force was reduced as 74,000 Pennsylvanians exited the job market in 2013.