May 8, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The leader of Pennsylvania State University's trustees said Friday that he did not know that a financial payout the board approved for one of Jerry Sandusky's accusers went to a man who claims that he reported the sexual abuse to Joe Paterno in 1976. But board chairman Keith Masser downplayed any suggestion that the decision to settle the potential lawsuit meant the board believed that the university's storied head football coach knew - and said nothing - about Sandusky's crimes decades before Sandusky drew law enforcement scrutiny.
May 7, 2016
A judge on Thursday ordered a hearing for this month at which Jerry Sandusky's lawyers can try to prove his claims that prosecutors lied, withheld evidence, and leaked secret grand jury information in a bid to find additional victims of sexual abuse by the former football coach. Judge John Cleland said the May 20 hearing would "provide the defense with an opportunity to prove" claims as it seeks to overturn the verdicts against the former Pennsylvania State University assistant coach or win a new trial.
May 7, 2016 |
Pennsylvania State University paid settlements to end claims that Joe Paterno and other coaches at the school knew as early as the 1970s that Jerry Sandusky was assaulting children sexually, according to court filings and a person familiar with the payouts. One accuser was a child when he allegedly told Paterno in 1976 that Sandusky had molested him. Two assistant coaches witnessed Sandusky's misconduct with children in the 1980s, and a former athletic director also was told about sexual contact between the former assistant coach and a child, according to the filings.
May 1, 2016 |
Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane will not seek to overturn an appellate court ruling that dismissed the most serious charges against three former Pennsylvania State University leaders accused of ignoring or covering up Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse. The decision, announced Friday by Kane's office, is a major victory for former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier and top aides Tim Curley and Gary Schultz in a legal battle that has languished for more than four years. Each was accused of concealing or failing to act on Sandusky's conduct as a serial sex abuser and then lying about it to investigators.
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.