December 19, 2014 |
The truth can be bent, obscured, or even, to use Attorney General Kathleen Kane's felicitous phrase, "half-assed. " But Kane's assessment of the case against five Democratic officials from Philadelphia could not have been more plainly untrue. In March, when The Inquirer revealed that Kane had aborted an investigation that caught the officials taking money and jewelry from an informant, the state's top law enforcer flatly declared the matter unprosecutable. Nine months later, however, it's being prosecuted.
December 12, 2014 |
SINCE THE end of her long tenure as Philadelphia District Attorney five years ago, Lynne Abraham - now a 2015 mayoral contender - only made the news for one really high-profile case. It was supposed to be a doozy. At the height of the Jerry Sandusky child-sex-abuse scandal in November 2011, the ex-top prosecutor and judge announced she'd been hired by the Sandusky-founded children's charity, the Second Mile. Her job was to get to the bottom of whether officials at the philanthropy knew about or even aided the crimes of the former Penn State coach.
December 7, 2014 |
The adopted son of Jerry Sandusky recalled Friday the moment he told his father he would refuse to testify as a defense witness at the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach's 2012 child sex-abuse trial. Then 33, Matt Sandusky said, he drove to his father's home, asked his mother to leave the room, and said something out loud that he had never fully acknowledged to himself. "I told him, 'You can't call me to testify. I remember things,' " he said. "All he said was, 'It wasn't sexual.' " That exchange two years ago began his very public reckoning with the sexual abuse he says he endured for years - abuse he described Friday to child advocates at a conference hosted by the Philadelphia Children's Alliance.
December 5, 2014 |
THE MUCKETY-MUCKS at Penn State must be cringing. Someone forgot to make sure convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky was taken off the list of fans who receive letters from head football coach James Franklin asking for support. Onwardstate.com said it obtained a copy of the letter from filmmaker John Ziegler, who wrote the book "The Framing of Joe Paterno," and who operates the website FramingPaterno.com. "I got it from someone at the Sandusky home when the letter was received," Ziegler told the Daily News in a email yesterday.
November 25, 2014
T RY TO THINK of a rise and fall in Pennsylvania politics as stunning or rapid as Kathleen Kane's. Got one? Yeah, me neither. A year ago, just 10 months in office, the state's first woman and first Democrat elected attorney general was being touted for governor or U.S. senator. These days she faces possible criminal charges amid rumors of resignation. Quite a fall. In 2013, she rocketed to national notice, elating her Democratic base. She closed a loophole to stop residents denied gun permits here from getting them from Florida.
November 23, 2014 |
A day after Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane acknowledged she was under investigation for allegedly leaking grand jury material, she switched subjects before a national audience. Her bombshell in that Tuesday-night CNN interview: Pornographic e-mails circulated among Pennsylvania officials had included "a string of videos and pictures sometimes depicting children. " The aftermath was familiar. Within hours, her aides were hedging and trimming, parsing her words, denying she had said the e-mails involved child porn, which is a crime often prosecuted.
November 20, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - A Philadelphia prosecutor asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday to reinstate the historic child-endangerment conviction against Msgr. William J. Lynn, former secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "He had a duty to protect children from priests, and he protected priests," said Hugh Burns, chief of the District Attorney's Office appellate unit. But Lynn's attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, said the monsignor could not be held responsible for a priest's sexual abuse of a child because the law at the time did not recognize him as a supervisor.
November 16, 2014 |
Pennsylvania State University's president will review the Freeh report on the Jerry Sandusky scandal that concluded former top administrators conspired to cover up child sex-abuse allegations to preserve the university's reputation, the school announced Saturday. The university said president Eric J. Barron's decision was made "in response to recent calls for an examination. " Barron told trustees Friday he would conduct the review, the university said. E-mails released last week showed regular correspondence between the NCAA and former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who led the Sandusky investigation commissioned and paid for by the university.
November 8, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Joe Paterno "probably" should not have been fired, Gov. Corbett said Thursday. In his most expansive comments since the child-sex-abuse scandal erupted at Pennsylvania State University three years ago, the governor said that Paterno "technically complied with the law" in dealing with pedophile Jerry Sandusky and that university trustees should have let the iconic coach end his career when the season did. "They probably shouldn't have...
November 5, 2014 |
HARRISBURG - Call it the Paterno factor. Throughout the day, members of a group called Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship donned PSU gear and went to the polls to vote against Gov. Corbett. They did this not because they necessarily liked Tom Wolf any better - but out of protest. Protest over Corbett's handling, as attorney general, of the investigation into serial child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky. Protest over how he dealt with Pennsylvania State University, and its legendary football coach, Joe Paterno, after he became governor and state prosecutors brought charges in the case.