September 19, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - A "Joe Paterno Forever" sign hung off a tent in the Beaver Stadium parking lot. Off another: "We tailgate at the house that Joe Pa built. " Some fans donned "409" shirts, referring to the late coach's number of wins. And at the former site of Paterno's statue, a small crowd gathered, leaving balloons and signs to mark the 50th anniversary of his first game as head coach. Lettermen, hundreds of whom were in town, left bricks to symbolize the "players wall" that was removed along with the statue in 2012.
September 17, 2016
By Jared Rosenblatt There is justified outrage over the six-month sweetheart sentence that Brock Turner, a former Stanford University swimmer, served following his conviction of three felonies for his attack on a young woman. As bad as Turner's vile and despicable actions were, they pale in comparison to what Pennsylvania State University is about to do. Last week, Penn State announced plans to honor former head coach Joe Paterno on Sept. 17 - at a home football game to commemorate Paterno's first-ever game.
August 26, 2016 |
Court filings made public Wednesday outline state prosecutors' arguments to proceed with criminal charges against three former Pennsylvania State University administrators for failing to report Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children. Superior Court in January threw out the most serious charges against ex-president Graham B. Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley - perjury, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy. But prosecutors last week argued that the men can still be tried on charges of child endangerment, failure to report suspected child abuse, and conspiracy to endanger the welfare of children.
August 25, 2016 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Knowing the criminal case it was building against Jerry Sandusky was likely to shake Pennsylvania State University to its core, the Attorney General's Office in 2011 went to extraordinary lengths to keep the investigation secret, case prosecutors said Tuesday. They drafted a fake subpoena - one listing a prominent person's name - to see if anyone in the office might try to leak it to the press. No one took the bait. And later, when details of the sex-abuse case were posted on a state-run court website days before prosecutors had planned to announce the charges, they dispatched investigators to determine if a Centre County district judge purposefully filed them early in public view.
August 24, 2016 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Seeking to overturn their client's conviction, Jerry Sandusky's lawyers focused Monday on a lingering mystery from his 2012 prosecution: Who was Victim 2? Who was the boy that graduate assistant Mike McQueary said he saw Sandusky rape in 2001 in a locker-room shower - an accusation that not only helped put Sandusky away, but brought down head football coach Joe Paterno, and led to charges against former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier and two others?
August 14, 2016 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Testifying Friday in a bid for a new trial, Jerry Sandusky unleashed a torrent of attacks on the process that sent him to prison. He lambasted his trial lawyer's decision to keep him off the witness stand. He questioned rulings by the judge that gave him just months to prepare his defense. And as for the eight young men who in 2012 persuaded jurors he was a serial sexual predator - "what they call victims" is how Sandusky contemptuously described them - the former Pennsylvania State University coach forcefully sought to impugn their credibility.
August 13, 2016 |
With the world watching four years ago, Jerry Sandusky kept silent, opting not to testify in his defense before a jury that labeled him a serial sexual predator. He is to return to the same Centre County, Pa., courtroom Friday in a bid to overturn that conviction. But this time, the former coach has vowed to take the witness stand - and force his victims, prosecutors, and defense lawyers to do the same. Sandusky's lawyer says their testimony will expose the case as a "modern-day Salem witch trial" that he says led to the conviction of an innocent man. The arguments aren't novel, and the odds of success are long.
July 24, 2016 |
LEHMAN, Pa. - Despite criticism over his approval of $93 million in settlement payments to Jerry Sandusky's accusers, Philadelphia investment-fund manager Ira Lubert was elected chairman of Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees Friday. The election was uncontested, but some alumni trustees had been vocal last week about their hesitance to elect Lubert without public scrutiny of the money paid to 32 Sandusky accusers. As chair of the board's legal subcommittee in 2012, Lubert oversaw the payout negotiation process.
July 21, 2016
ISSUE | PENN STATE Sandusky payouts vetted and thorough As chair of the Penn State board of trustees, I thought it might be helpful to highlight how the board approached the settlements for the more than 30 sex-abuse victims of former football coach Jerry Sandusky ("Trustees question Sandusky payouts," Friday). In October 2012, the full board met and authorized the legal subcommittee to approve settlements. At my direction, Ira Lubert chaired a talented subcommittee with executive experience, including legal.
July 19, 2016
Perhaps concerned that Penn State's status as a national monument to sports-inspired mass delusion was not completely secure, more than 200 former football players recently petitioned university officials to reerect a bronze likeness of tarnished coaching legend Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium, which was removed four years ago as a sexual-abuse scandal shook State College. Then, just a week after this latest attempt to rewrite Penn State's modern history, a Philadelphia judge unsealed reports that convicted child predator and longtime Paterno assistant Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused children there - and that Paterno and other coaches knew about it - as long ago as the Ford administration.