September 10, 2014 |
CONSIDERING THE horrific nature of the incidents that led to the football program at Penn State being slapped with severe sanctions by the NCAA, it is difficult to separate emotions from an objective analysis. When we are talking about the case of a serial pedophile possibly being granted access to more innocent victims because of the inaction of others who may have been aware, it is hard to care about the collateral damage from the penalties laid down by the NCAA. While it is still a matter of considerable debate, I personally believe that members of the Penn State athletic department, including legendary coach Joe Paterno, knew enough about what former defensive coordinator and now convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky was doing but turned eyes in favor of protecting the program over the safety of children.
August 9, 2014 |
Lawyers for the NCAA, Gov. Corbett, and other state officials think they can settle within the next month a lawsuit over the $60 million in penalties Penn State is paying for its mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual- abuse scandal. In a joint motion filed Wednesday in federal court in Harrisburg, the sides said another month would give them a "meaningful opportunity" to resolve the lawsuit. However, nine members of the university's board of trustees have recommended a meeting Aug. 22 to decide on an official negotiating position for Penn State in the matter.
August 7, 2014 |
IN HINDSIGHT, Joe Paterno wrote, the day after he got fired with a phone call, he wished he had done more. He had not committed a crime, he had not witnessed a crime, he had reported what sounded like a crime to his superiors. The haters jumped all over that sentence, like it was some kind of a confession that the legendary Penn State football coach had somehow enabled Jerry Sandusky to sexually abuse those kids, while he looked the other way. The haters spent a lot less time debating the note he scribbled on a pad before going to the hospital, where he died, the note that said, "Maybe the silver lining in this is that some good can come of this.
July 30, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Five U.S. representatives from Pennsylvania have asked the NCAA to rescind the penalties imposed on Pennsylvania State University for its leaders' handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. "Continuing these unprecedented sanctions harms innocent student athletes and further erodes the increasingly specious credibility" of the NCAA, the five lawmakers wrote in a July 24 letter to Mark Emmert, president of the organization that oversees college sports. The representatives cited an April 9 Commonwealth Court ruling that sharply questioned the validity of a consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State imposing the penalties.
July 24, 2014 |
Joe Paterno's son is suing Pennsylvania State University, saying his reputation was destroyed when the school fired him and another assistant football coach in the midst of the Jerry Sandusky investigation. In the civil rights suit, filed Monday in federal court in Philadelphia, Joseph "Jay" Paterno and Bill Kenney say they suffered collateral damage from the siege of bad publicity for the university after Sandusky was indicted for child sex abuse in November 2011 and the elder Paterno was dismissed after decades as head coach.
July 10, 2014 |
Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, who has said Sandusky molested him as a child, will appear in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey next week. In the interview, scheduled to air at 9 p.m. July 17 on Winfrey's OWN Network, Sandusky is expected to give a personal account of the abuse he says he suffered as a child. It will be his first public interview since his adoptive father's 2012 conviction on child sex-abuse charges. In a brief video clip posted on Winfrey's website, Sandusky says to Winfrey, "At bedtime, his ritual began.
July 4, 2014 |
Pennsylvania State University, which is under federal scrutiny for its handling of sexual assault cases, is creating a task force to better investigate and prevent such incidents on campus, the president announced Wednesday. In an e-mail to Penn State staff, president Eric J. Barron said "we are confident" that the university's policies comply with Title IX, the law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and requires universities to investigate sexual assaults. "However," he wrote, "I do not believe that we should be satisfied with compliance - instead we should become a true leader in the prevention of sexual assault and in investigating and adjudicating student-on-student sexual assault cases while best protecting the wishes, and where appropriate and possible, the confidentiality of the survivors.
July 4, 2014 |
In a dramatic news conference two weeks ago, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane strongly suggested that two credible victims could have been spared harm if the state's investigation of child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky had moved more urgently. One day later, Kane's aides acknowledged that she misspoke about one of the victims - and that prosecutors in place before she took office had used the man's case to convict Sandusky. And on Wednesday, state police raised new questions about Kane's claim that a second credible victim was assaulted while the investigation dragged on. They said Kane's current chief of staff, veteran state prosecutor Bruce Beemer, did not support bringing charges based on this victim.
July 3, 2014 |
This story was updated Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. The leadership of the association for district attorneys in Pennsylvania on Tuesday criticized state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane for comments that "disparaged" the prosecutors who convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky. The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, in a statement endorsed by its executive committee, said that recommendations made by a law professor who investigated the Sandusky case were "overshadowed by the attorney general's continued public attacks on the successful work of career prosecutors.
July 1, 2014
As odious as it may be, the State Employees' Retirement System board apparently has no choice but to restore convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky's $4,900-a-month pension. The former Penn State coach was stripped of his pension after his 2011 arrest and subsequent conviction for sexually assaulting 10 boys. But an arbiter has ruled that taking away the pension was not justified because Sandusky retired in 1999, and sex crimes weren't added to the list of offenses that can cost a state employee his pension until 2004.