November 16, 2015 |
IT WAS A GOOD DAY for Jerry Sandusky - and a bad day for people who wanted to keep down their lunches. A panel of Commonwealth Court judges yesterday said Sandusky, the convicted pedophile and ex-Penn State defensive coach, should have his $4,900-a-month state pension reinstated. The seven judges unanimously ruled that the State Employees' Retirement Board erred when it stripped Sandusky of his pension in 2012 - after he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys - on the grounds that he was still a "de facto" Penn State employee when he sexually assaulted some of the children.
November 7, 2015 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane testified Thursday that she had no evidence that the judge who oversaw the grand jury investigation of serial sex abuser Jerry Sandusky had leaked confidential information about the case. Kane was summoned to court in Harrisburg and questioned for 30 minutes during an unusual proceeding that was closed to the public. She had been directed to produce evidence to support statements that a judge interpreted as suggesting that Judge Barry F. Feudale had improperly leaked information in the case.
November 6, 2015 |
After Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said last week that the senior judge overseeing the grand jury investigation of Jerry Sandusky had recklessly leaked information, another judge told her to prove it. Senior Judge John M. Cleland gave her a week to come up with evidence showing the alleged leak had impacted the Sandusky case. On Wednesday, Kane said she didn't have any. Cleland, who is hearing Sandusky's appeal of his 2012 sexual-assault conviction, set the deadline in response to Kane's sharp criticism a week ago of Senior Judge Barry Feudale.
November 3, 2015 |
Has Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane opened the door for criminal defense lawyers to rummage through her office's most sensitive internal email documents? Kane surprised many in the state's legal community last week when she released two internal emails of a Pennsylvania judge who had supervised the grand jury investigation of convicted child abuser Jerry Sandusky, a former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach. They are appalled that Kane would cede the presumption of confidentiality by voluntarily releasing the emails.
October 31, 2015 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - For the first time in nearly three years, Jerry Sandusky returned Thursday to the courthouse where he was convicted as a serial child sex abuser. And he might have left with an unanticipated sliver of hope, thanks in part to Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane. A hearing on a routine appeal by the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach grew into something else when a judge ordered Kane's office to provide emails and other information about the Sandusky investigation, which the former coach contends was tainted and unfair.
October 2, 2015 |
ON THE LIST of things you can be certain of in life, death and taxes have company: Porngate. There will be more Porngate. As you've no doubt heard by now, thousands of emails tied to the state pornographic-email scandal - which itself is tied to a separate grand-jury scandal that's getting awfully close to ending the career of state Attorney General Kathleen Kane - could be released to the public any day now. It's difficult for people who...
September 26, 2015 |
Former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier won't go to Saudi Arabia this fall after all. Commonwealth Court denied Spanier's request to travel there to meet with higher education officials, noting that the lack of an extradition treaty between the United States and Saudi Arabia would make it impossible to force him back. Spanier is awaiting trial on perjury and conspiracy charges connected to the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, and has been barred since August 2013 from leaving the country without approval of the court and the attorney general.
September 13, 2015 |
As he awaits trial on charges that he conspired to cover up child sex assaults by Jerry Sandusky, former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier is complaining about restrictions that prevent him from traveling as an education consultant. Spanier wants to fly to Saudi Arabia this fall to meet with that country's higher education leaders, but the head of probation in Dauphin County, where he is to be tried, denied the request out of concern that authorities would not be able to force him back.
September 6, 2015 |
WELCOME BACK, dear reader, to the land of pornographic emails, fiery vendettas and endless grand jury investigations known as Pennsylvania politics! It's possible you haven't tuned in since last week, when the commonwealth was left stunned by the release of hundreds of graphic sexual images that were contained in emails sent and received by former state prosecutors - including, most prominently, Frank Fina, noted arch-nemesis of recently indicted state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
August 31, 2015 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Along one side of College Avenue, striking new classroom buildings and residence halls lend this edge of Penn State's campus a 21st-century glow. But on the opposite side of the town's busiest thoroughfare, it feels like 1985. There, like The Great Gatsby 's all-seeing Dr. T.J. Eckleburg, the bespectacled image of Joe Paterno still looms over Happy Valley like a watchful deity. Merchandise shops display life-size cutouts of the legendary Nittany Lions coach, who died in 2012.