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June 27, 2014
Attorney General Kathleen Kane's reckless treatment of facts surrounding the sexual assault investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky threatens to undermine her office. Kane's election in 2012 was in part due to the public's response to her allegation that Gov. Corbett, when he was attorney general, delayed the Sandusky case because he feared political damage to his 2010 gubernatorial campaign. An independent examiner reported Monday that there was no evidence of that.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The report released Monday by Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane into the three-year investigation of child sex-abuser Jerry Sandusky did little to change opinions of a Pennsylvania State University community still deeply divided over the scandal. Those who believe mistakes were made in the investigation, including delays by investigators under Gov. Corbett when he was attorney general, continue to believe so, and contend that they see such evidence in the report. Those who think Corbett and his successors did right by taking time to build a strong case without political motive say the report only buttresses their views.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Angela Couloumbis Craig R. McCoy and Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - On Monday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said there were "inexplicable delays" in the Jerry Sandusky investigation and suggested that may have set the stage for two more young men to be victimized. She said the two told prosecutors they had been abused while the state was undertaking its 33-month investigation. Kane said she could not give details except to say the two were not among the 10 victims Sandusky was later charged with sexually assaulting. Late Tuesday, Kane's office acknowledged that she misspoke - that Sandusky had indeed been charged with abusing one of the young men. In fact, prosecutors had called him to the stand during the 2012 trial and a jury convicted Sandusky of abusing him. On Tuesday, one day after Kane released a report that failed to affirm many of her complaints about the Sandusky investigation, the focus turned to Kane herself and her new charge that a bogged-down investigation may have enabled Sandusky to strike again.
NEWS
June 26, 2014
SO NOW WE have the report on why the Jerry Sandusky investigation took so long. It was released this week, many months after many folks wondered why the report was taking so long. After all, Attorney General Kathleen Kane, elected in 2012 largely on claims she'd investigate why the Sandusky investigation took so long, said in January 2013, "I will guarantee you this: It will be done in a timely manner. " Guess she meant "timely" for government work. Gov. Corbett back then suggested she hire outside counsel.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, Inquirer Politics Writer
For more than two years, Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane hounded Gov. Corbett with the suggestion that he slowed the Sandusky child sex-abuse investigation for political gain when he was the state's top law enforcement official. Yet when Kane released a report Monday that concluded there was no evidence of that, Corbett stayed silent. There was no I-told-you-so news conference, just a muted statement from the governor's office. Corbett's advisers calculated that neither the report nor any response he might make would change minds on the emotionally charged issues surrounding Pennsylvania State University, where Jerry Sandusky was an assistant football coach and founder of a charity for wayward boys.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
It is unclear whether Pennsylvania will ever recover from the sordid and tragic Jerry Sandusky case - or whether officials are capable of keeping politics and personal animus from further infecting the entire mess. Certainly Attorney General Kathleen Kane's recent actions prove we're still in the thick of it. This is a wound that shows no sign of healing. The latest chapter of the controversy concerns how long it took state prosecutors to arrest the former Penn State assistant football coach for sexually assaulting children.
NEWS
June 25, 2014
A long-awaited report probing the investigation that led to the conviction of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on child molestation charges points out disturbing delays in his prosecution that may have put other children in danger. The report includes no evidence to support Attorney General Kathleen Kane's earlier allegation that the delays may have been politically motivated. But neither does the report categorically rule out that possibility. During her 2012 election campaign, Kane suggested that Gov. Corbett, who as attorney general in 2009 began the Sandusky investigation, was slow to prosecute the case because he feared alienating powerful Penn State supporters, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno.
NEWS
June 25, 2014
ATTORNEY General Kathleen Kane has released an exhaustive investigation of her predecessor's handling of the Jerry Sandusky case, and the results should provide her with a valuable lesson: If you're going to accuse a former attorney general of political motivation in his handling of a case, you risk having your own accusations seem, well, politically motivated - especially if you made those allegations the centerpiece of your own campaign, and the...
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Craig R. McCoy and Angela Couloumbis, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - To Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, the prosecutors who pursued child molester Jerry Sandusky at best lacked urgency and at worst let Sandusky attack again. To former top state prosecutor Frank G. Fina and his old team, Kane's accusations are more than just groundless. They call Kane a desperate politician who has besmirched career law-enforcement professionals with reckless, even "mind-boggling" allegations. In the state Capitol on Monday, Kane and Fina went at it in a pair of dueling news conferences, offering radically variant descriptions of key turning points in the criminal investigation of the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jerry Sandusky deserves a pension, a state hearing officer says. In an opinion released Monday, the examiner recommended the state employees' retirement system reinstate the $4,900-a-month pension Sandusky collected before being convicted on child sex abuse charges in 2012. "Because [Sandusky] was not a school employee at the time that he committed the crimes which are the subject of this action, his pension is not subject to forfeiture under Pennsylvania law," examiner Michael Bangs wrote.
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