March 10, 2016
By Helen W. Mallon Just days after the Oscar for Best Picture went to Spotlight , the movie detailing how the Boston Globe pursued the child sexual-abuse scandal and cover-up by the local archdiocese, a similar story was reported out of Western Pennsylvania. A grand jury investigation into the Archdiocese of Altoona-Johnstown revealed that hundreds of children were sexually abused by priests over a span of 40 years. And, once again, church officials were accused of participating in a massive cover-up.
February 29, 2016 |
Janet Ginzberg is a senior staff attorney at Community Legal Services Inc. A woman and her ex-husband shared custody of their 18-month-old daughter. After spending the weekend at her dad's house, the girl was returned to her mother's home with a case of diaper rash. The dad notified the mom of the rash and gave her a tube of ointment that he had been applying. The mom watched the rash for several days, applying the ointment as directed by the medication's instructions. When the rash did not go away, she took her daughter to the doctor, who found that the rash had become infected and reported the mother to the local child-welfare agency for child neglect.
February 22, 2016 |
Attorney General Kathleen Kane made the right call in deciding not to seek reelection. Regardless of the outcome of her perjury trial in Montgomery County, she'd have struggled to win another term and deservedly so. That Pennsylvania has an attorney general whose license to practice law has been suspended is a national embarrassment. And an election loss would have further marred the legacy of the state's first elected female attorney general, whose record will always reflect negatively on her failure to prosecute Democratic elected officials from Philadelphia who were caught on tape accepting cash and gifts, as well as her tit-for-tat with prosecutors who were involved in the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky.
February 7, 2016 |
The office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane asked Superior Court on Friday to reconsider a ruling by three of its judges that tossed out key charges against three Pennsylvania State University leaders in the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal. The three judges last month overturned a lower-court ruling that upheld obstruction of justice and conspiracy charges against former president Graham B. Spanier; Gary Schultz, a former vice president; and Tim Curley, a former athletic director, along with perjury charges against Spanier and Schultz.
February 2, 2016 |
A long-awaited Superior Court ruling that landed last month did more than just dismiss the most serious charges against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up child sex attacks by Jerry Sandusky. It also handed Attorney General Kathleen Kane what could be her clearest opportunity yet to steer the outcome of a case that helped shape her election and tenure. Kane has less than three weeks to decide whether her office will ask the Supreme Court to reverse the Jan. 22 decision that drastically scaled back the case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier and top aides Gary Schultz and Tim Curley.
January 7, 2016 |
The law firm of Kleinbard L.L.C. announced Tuesday that two former Conrad O'Brien partners, Matthew Haverstick and Mark Seiberling, have joined the firm along with former Conrad O'Brien associate Joshua Voss. The group specializes in white collar defense and internal investigations. The group represented Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman in forcing the NCAA to spend a $60 million fine against Penn State in Pennsylvania. The fine had been imposed in connection with the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.
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.