August 28, 2015
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams must feel like he's caught in some crazy summertime rip current. Things had been going so well on the political front. But then, out of nowhere, the Inquirer broke news last Thursday that a federal grand jury had subpoenaed his political campaign's financial records to see if he'd spent money on personal expenses - like $2,175 on membership dues for the Sporting Club at the Bellevue. Williams, a Democrat, immediately began swimming parallel to the shore.
August 13, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Three former Pennsylvania State University administrators, accused of ignoring or covering up Jerry Sandusky's sexual attacks, renewed their bid Tuesday to have the criminal case against them dismissed or at least set back significantly. At a hearing in Superior Court, lawyers for former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier and two others urged the three-judge panel to toss the charges or overrule a lower-court decision that for more than two years has snarled the case: whether the university's former top lawyer can become the star witness against its longtime president and his codefendants.
June 20, 2015 |
College sports' governing body has again defended its decision to penalize Pennsylvania State University after the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal. Sandusky's abuse of children "fell squarely within" its authority, the NCAA contended in a court filing this week, saying his crimes showed "a profound lack of institutional integrity and institutional control. " Filed Wednesday, the documents are the latest volley in the NCAA's court battle with the family of the late football coach Joe Paterno.
June 9, 2015 |
Two presidents and a former president at Pennsylvania State University benefited from a collective $4.1 million in compensation in 2013-14, a report by the Chronicle of Higher Education shows. They include Rodney A. Erickson, who steered Pennsylvania's flagship university in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal and stepped down in May 2014; Eric Barron, who replaced Erickson; and former president Graham B. Spanier, who was forced out as president after the Sandusky scandal broke in November 2011 but who remains on the payroll as a tenured faculty member.
May 21, 2015 |
After being at the helm of Pennsylvania State University's athletic department for less than a year, Sandy Barbour says, "every week, every day, every month" she learns more about what she sees as the overwhelmingly positive impact of football coach Joe Paterno. And she's not talking about national championships. "To me, Coach Paterno brought a . . . value of combining athletics and academic success that I've not seen anywhere else, the idea of success with honor," said Barbour, former athletic director at the University of California, Berkeley, who previously worked at Northwestern and Tulane Universities, and the Universities of Massachusetts and Notre Dame.
May 4, 2015 |
LAYTON, Utah - There are days when Aaron Fisher believes he has finally put the past behind him. Days when his chief concerns are the new friends he met at a party or a truck axle he snapped during an off-roading trip in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains. Days when he hardly gives a thought to the aging man he helped put in a prison cell hundreds of miles away. But those days tend to be fleeting. Even now, Fisher is still growing up in Jerry Sandusky's shadow. Seven years ago, Fisher, then a scared 15-year-old, publicly accused the former Pennsylvania State University assistant coach of sexual abuse, launching an investigation that would shake the state and its flagship college to its core.
April 30, 2015 |
A judge's medical leave is unlikely to delay the criminal case against three former Pennsylvania State University administrators charged with covering up child sex-abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Judge Todd Hoover was placed on medical leave as of April 10, according to an announcement by the state Administrative Office of the Courts. His illness was not specified. The release said his leave was open-ended. Hoover, a Dauphin County Court judge, has presided over the prosecution of former Penn State president Graham B. Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, and former athletic director Tim Curley.
April 11, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees voted Thursday to pay an undisclosed amount - what one trustee called "an extraordinary" sum - to settle claims filed by sexual-abuse victims of Jerry Sandusky. In a special meeting held by teleconference, the board voted, 18-6, to approve the settlement. It did not disclose the size of the payout, the case details, or names of any plaintiffs. Sources had told The Inquirer that the meeting was being called solely to settle at least one Sandusky-related lawsuit.
April 8, 2015 |
Pennsylvania State University this week is looking to end one of the remaining lawsuits filed by a victim of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, according to sources. The school's board of trustees is scheduled to meet Thursday morning to discuss "potential settlements" and possibly vote, said spokeswoman Lisa Powers. She did not provide details, but sources familiar with the case said Penn State was seeking to settle with a victim of Sandusky, a former assistant football coach convicted in 2012 of 45 counts related to sexual abuse of 10 children.
March 22, 2015 |
A complaint filed this week served as a reminder that the legal battles over the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal are far from over. At least seven civil cases as well as criminal complaints against three former Pennsylvania State University administrators are pending. A January settlement between the NCAA and a Pennsylvania state legislator restored 111 of former head football coach Joe Paterno's wins and replaced the consent decree that defined penalties against the university.