June 12, 2016 |
A Philadelphia judge has ordered the unsealing of records related to Pennsylvania State University's settlements with Jerry Sandusky's accusers, siding with media outlets that sought their release. The records, which are believed to include details of claims that Joe Paterno and other coaches first learned about Sandusky's sexual misconduct decades ago, will be accessible in 31 days, Judge Gary S. Glazer ruled Friday. Any identifying information about the accusers is expected to be redacted.
June 11, 2016 |
A lawyer for a coalition of media outlets on Thursday told a Philadelphia judge that the public deserves to see sealed records on Pennsylvania State University's settlements with Jerry Sandusky's accusers, while the school's lawyers said such a step would unfairly open the victims to ridicule and embarrassment. The battle began after a ruling last month by Common Pleas Court Judge Gary S. Glazer cited sealed records that suggest some accusers who received payments from the university claimed that legendary coach Joe Paterno or his assistants knew about Sandusky's sexual abuse decades before his arrest.
June 4, 2016 |
Pennsylvania State University has opposed a move by a coalition of media organizations - including the Inquirer, the Daily News, and philly.com - to unseal court records surrounding settlements it paid to end claims by accusers of Jerry Sandusky. In a new filing, Penn State lawyers cited the need to maintain confidentiality for the alleged victims, some of whom have claimed that head football coach Joe Paterno or his assistants knew as early as the 1970s that Sandusky had sexually assaulted them.
May 24, 2016
Two grand juries have exposed systematic child sexual abuse covered up by the Catholic Church in Philadelphia, convicted serial predator Jerry Sandusky's crimes have drawn international attention to Penn State, and, most recently, state prosecutors have leveled charges of widespread pedophilia and official silence in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. Now the Pennsylvania legislature may finally be ready to show mercy to victims. Legislation to extend the time limits for criminal charges and civil complaints in abuse cases would be late in coming but nonetheless welcome.
May 16, 2016 |
Full disclosure: I'm a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Class of '82. On my desk at the Inquirer I have a Penn State coffee mug, a water bottle bearing the Nittany Lion logo, and a pen-and-pencil holder crocheted in blue and white with a "P" glued on the front. My school spirit waned when the Jerry Sandusky scandal came to light. It has slowly returned in recognition that a university is far more than the actions of a few. So when my editors asked me last month to write about the appeal of retiring in college towns from the perspective of residents at the Village at Penn State, I started planning which flavor ice cream I was going to order at Berkey Creamery once I got to State College.
May 12, 2016
ISSUE | PENN STATE Be fair to all Rob Tornoe's cartoon showing a Penn State fan defending former football coach Joe Paterno while ignoring one of Jerry Sandusky's victims (Tuesday) portrayed how Paterno has come to be seen as a willing enabler of child molestation. That viewpoint is one shared by many: that to even consider the possibility that Paterno was unaware of Sandusky's predation is somehow callous. In reality, there is absolutely no reason that one can't have the utmost sympathy for Sandusky's victims while also wanting to ensure that people aren't unjustly defamed.
May 10, 2016
The full text of Penn State University President Eric J. Barron's response to new allegations in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual assault case. Dear Friends: Over the past few days, allegations have surfaced from individuals who claim to be Sandusky victims and from unidentified individuals about the alleged knowledge of former University employees. None of these allegations about the supposed knowledge of University employees has been substantiated in a court of law or in any other process to test their veracity.
May 10, 2016 |
Pennsylvania State University president Eric Barron said Sunday that the university has found no evidence to support the latest allegations that Joe Paterno and members of his coaching staff knew about Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children as early as the 1970s. Barron turned the heat on the media for reporting the allegations, some of which surfaced in court papers last week. Others were reported by CNN and NBC News. If true, they indicate that Paterno and other Penn State authorities knew about Sandusky's actions years earlier than had been alleged.
May 9, 2016 |
With a single paragraph in an otherwise unnoticed legal ruling this week, a Philadelphia judge reignited the contentious debate over Joe Paterno's legacy - and revived a scandal that Pennsylvania State University had hoped it had moved beyond. The court filing cited a settlement that the school paid to a man who said he told the legendary football coach in 1976 that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually assaulted him. By Friday, more accusers had come forward with claims that they, too, had alerted Paterno or others on his staff to Sandusky's sexual misconduct decades before it drew law enforcement scrutiny.