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« Reply #3140 on: September 07, 2013, 07:22:15 PM »

http://www.centredaily.com/2013/09/04/3771436/prosecutors-blast-penn-state-leaders.html
Prosecutors blast Penn State leaders for inaction on Jerry Sandusky allegations
September 4, 2013

A prosecutor who was instrumental in the grand jury investigation and conviction of Jerry Sandusky blasted three ex-Penn State administrators, saying in an interview broadcast Wednesday that the men covered up abuse allegations against the former coach.

“They absolutely, premeditatedly, I believe, didn’t report this and hid it,” said Frank Fina, a former prosecutor from the Attorney General’s Office who spoke on the show “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime about the Sandusky case as well as the cases involving Penn State administrators Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz.

“I don’t think there’s any question that that’s what Spanier, Schultz and Curley did.”


The program, which also featured fellow Sandusky case prosecutor Joseph E. McGettigan III, was the first time the two lawyers had spoken about the high-profile trial that played out at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.

Comments released on Tuesday, to promote the show, drew the ire of the lawyers for Schultz and Curley, who filed a request for an emergency injunction with a judge in Dauphin County to stop the show from airing, saying it would taint the possible jury pool and that Fina violated a lawyer’s professional code of conduct by giving a personal opinion about a defendant’s guilt.

The judge’s decision was not known, and the show aired as planned.


The snippets from Tuesday also revealed that Fina said in the interview that he found no evidence during the investigation that coach Joe Paterno was involved in the alleged cover-up. "I’m viewing this strictly on the evidence, not any kind of fealty to anybody," Fina said.

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« Reply #3141 on: September 07, 2013, 07:27:12 PM »

http://www.centredaily.com/2013/09/04/3769905/prosecutors-in-jerry-sandusky.html
Prosecutors in Jerry Sandusky case to weigh in on Joe Paterno, Penn State in Showtime interview
September 4, 2013

A state prosecutor who helped put Jerry Sandusky behind bars doesn’t think the late coach Joe Paterno was involved in the alleged cover-up among Penn State administrators that rocked the university and led to sanctions against the football team.

That’s the conclusion that former state Chief Deputy Attorney General Frank Fina, who was a central part of the grand jury investigation into the child abuse allegations against Sandusky, made during an interview to be aired at 10 p.m. Wednesday on “60 Minutes Sports” on Showtime.

“I do not,” Fina said in response to a question from journalist Armen Keteyian about whether he thought Paterno played a role in concealing the abuse allegations. “And — and I — I’m viewing this strictly on the evidence, not any kind of fealty to anybody.

“I did not find that evidence.”
 

Evidence in the Freeh report, including emails suggesting Paterno was involved in the decision-making surrounding the 2001 incident, was among the findings in a second grand jury presentment, in November 2012, but Paterno had died before it was released.

Fina, in the interview, acknowledged Paterno didn’t do enough.

“And I don’t see any need to judge him beyond his own words,” Fina said. “He said it best: ‘I didn’t do enough. I should have done more.’ ”

Though Fina wasn’t critical of Paterno, he had harsh words for the other three, according to the interview.


“We’ve got a massive, multibillion dollar entity that — at the time — we don’t realize, although we would come to realize it — may not be fully committed to disclosing what the reality is,” Fina said. “Of course, we — we come to realize that they’re actively obstructing — our investigation.”

“And they had been for many years.”

Fina said the three men “deserved to be charged” and he hopes “justice will be served.”
 

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« Reply #3142 on: September 12, 2013, 03:26:04 PM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/09/five_takeaways_from_the_60_min.html
Five takeaways from the "60 Minutes Sports" interview with Jerry Sandusky's prosecutors
September 4, 2013

You know what happened at the Jerry Sandusky trial. But few have actually heard the personal war stories of the two prosecutors who tried Pennsylvania's most notorious child sex abuse case.
Former Attorney General staffers Frank Fina and Joseph P. McGettigan III granted their first broadcast interview on the topic to the Showtime program “60 Minutes Sports,” for a program that aired Wednesday night.

Neither works for the state at this point. Fina has taken a job with Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. McGettigan has moved into private practice.

The show's producers shared a transcript with PennLive, and as regular watchers of all things Sandusky, here were five highlights that got our attention, in no particular order.
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« Reply #3143 on: September 12, 2013, 03:29:23 PM »



One of the five "takeaways"  from the above article that stuck out for me was #4.

  
4) A major moment in the trial.

It tends to have gotten lost in the onslaught of horrendous deeds described by Sandusky’s victims. But Fina and McGettigan stated that one of the most unforgettable moments of the trial for them was when McGettigan asked Sandusky’s loyal wife, Dottie, if she knew of any reason why the battery of witnesses against her husband would lie.

“She had no answer,” McGettigan recalled.

“I thought it was one of the most poignant moments of the trial,” Fina added, “because you could literally hear time going by, because she just sat there. And it-- you know, tick, tick. And she looked over at Sandusky, and they locked eyes. And then she-- her head dropped down, and she said: ‘I don't know.’ I mean, it was-- I-- I just thought it was unbelievably powerful.”
 

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/09/five_takeaways_from_the_60_min.html
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« Reply #3144 on: September 14, 2013, 05:15:23 PM »

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/23431170/sanduskys-bid-for-new-trial-going-to-court-in-pa
Sandusky's bid for new trial going to court in Pa.
September 14, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Jerry Sandusky's challenge to his child molestation conviction goes before a state appeals court on Tuesday, as the former Penn State assistant football coach seeks to overturn a sentence that could keep him behind bars for life.

Pennsylvania's Superior Court will decide whether prosecutors made an improper reference to the fact that Sandusky did not testify, whether jury instructions were mishandled and whether the defense should have been given more time before trial to digest a large volume of investigative material.

 


Sandusky, who spent decades working under football coach Joe Paterno, was convicted in July 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys, including eight victims who testified against him. Judge John Cleland subsequently declared him a sexually violent predator and sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in state prison.

Sandusky is seeking a new trial. His appeals attorney, Norris Gelman, said this week that Sandusky, who is largely isolated from the prison population, will not be in the courtroom.

Gelman argued in an appellate brief that Cleland should have issued an instruction to jurors that addressed the length of time it took his victims to report their abuse, which for four of them was more than 11 years.

He noted that Cleland told the lawyers he believed it was not unusual for victims of child abuse to delay reporting it.

The attorney general's office, in its appeals brief, said it was clear to jurors that the defense was arguing that the abuse never occurred, and arguing that the victims were making up stories in hopes of cashing in. Penn State has since settled some of their claims for undisclosed sums.

"The record demonstrates that the victims had clear reasons for not disclosing the abuse by Sandusky: not only were they ashamed of the acts of abuse," the AG's office wrote, "but Sandusky gave them gifts, including access to the PSU football program, and was a prominent figure who was more likely to be believed than they were."

Gelman also focused on a reference, by prosecutor Joe McGettigan, to an NBC television interview Sandusky gave shortly after his arrest. McGettigan told jurors that Sandusky "had wonderful opportunities to speak out and make his case."

The prosecutor told jurors that he "only heard him on TV."

Gelman argued that was among several references to Sandusky not testifying. Failure to take the stand in one's own defense is not supposed to be used against a defendant.

The attorney general's office said McGettigan's comments were confined to the TV interview and did not refer to Sandusky not taking the stand in his own defense. Prosecutors argued the comments "constituted fair response to defense counsel's argument relating to the interview."

Sandusky's lawyers "went into trial 'blind' as to much of the material" from prosecutors, estimated to be about 9,000 pages, Gelman said. Sandusky's lawyers were turned down in several requests for a delay, and Cleland shepherded the case from arrest to trial in just over seven months.

In a post-sentencing hearing, defense attorney Joe Amendola told Cleland that he had still not come across any document that would have altered his approach at trial. But Gelman said more time would have allowed Amendola to better incorporate the material into a defense strategy.

Prosecutors said that the defense had months to prepare for trial once Sandusky was charged, and that Sandusky and Amendola knew in 2008 there had been a report of sexual assault.
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« Reply #3145 on: September 14, 2013, 08:52:20 PM »

http://www.fox8tv.com/News/NewsDetails.asp?NewsID=12243
Spanier Update
September 13, 2013

Penn State President Graham Spanier is still planning to file suit against Louis Freeh who authorized a damaging report against Spanier and Penn State.  Spanier served notice that one of the defendants, a law firm tied to Freeh that was listed in his original notification is being dropped.  The actual civil suit has yet to be filed by Spanier's Legal Team.  So far all that's been filed is the notification that a law suit against Freeh is in the works.

Link to video in article.
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« Reply #3146 on: September 14, 2013, 08:54:31 PM »

http://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-jerry-sandusky-penn-state-costs-20130914,0,459960.story
Sandusky scandal costs to Penn State surpass $49 million
By Mike Dawson, Of The Centre Daily Times (MCT)
10:39 a.m. EDT, September 14, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Jerry Sandusky scandal has now cost Penn State more than $49 million for legal and consulting services, the university said Friday.

The latest tally of $49,433,866 represents work by more than three dozen firms that invoiced Penn State between November 2011 and June 30 of this year. When factoring in the dollar value of the total settlement offers with Sandusky claimants and the full NCAA fine, the potential cost skyrockets to more than $157 million.

The university has been providing monthly updates on the costs, and the latest report shows the cost increased almost $1.7 million in June.

The largest chunk of the work in June was billed by the law firms representing former university administrators. Three of the administrators, ex-president Graham Spanier, ex-athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz, are awaiting trial on perjury, obstruction of justice and related charges.
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« Reply #3147 on: October 13, 2013, 05:15:48 PM »

http://www.abc15.com/dpp/news/national/jerry-sandusky-update-investigators-may-take-2nd-look-at-high-school-where-he-coached
Jerry Sandusky update: Investigators may take 2nd look at high school where he coached
October 8, 2013

The Pennsylvania attorney general may be taking a second look at the actions of a rural high school where Jerry Sandusky was a volunteer coach in 2008 and where administrators have been publicly criticized for discouraging a student from making allegations of sexual abuse against the then-famous coach.

That student, Aaron Fisher, later became known as the first of 10 victims in a scathing indictment of serial and predatory child sex abuse by Sandusky, who is now serving 30 years in prison for his crimes.

The co-author of Fisher's book, Mike Gillum, told CNN that he and Fisher's mother have been approached by investigators with the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office about the actions of administrators at Central Mountain High School in 2008.
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« Reply #3148 on: October 13, 2013, 05:20:00 PM »

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/9758500/no-new-trial-jerry-sandusky
Jerry Sandusky denied new trial
October 2, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky should not get a new trial after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The unanimous decision by a three-judge Superior Court panel came barely two weeks after they heard oral arguments by Sandusky's lawyer and a state prosecutor.

Defense lawyer Norris Gelman said he planned to ask the state Supreme Court to review the case.
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« Reply #3149 on: October 15, 2013, 05:22:09 PM »

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2013/10/penn_state_crosses_50_million.html
Penn State crosses $50 million mark in Jerry Sandusky scandal costs
October 15, 2013

Penn State's costs related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal have crossed $50 million.

Penn State was on the hook for about $50.5 million as of July 31, up $2.8 million from two months earlier, according to a university website posting Monday. The amount covers legal fees, consulting work, fines and other costs.

The final tab promises to be far higher, as the amount reported by Penn State includes only the first $12 million installment of a $60 million NCAA fine, and excludes the $60 million that Penn State has set aside to pay damages to Sandusky's victims.

The school has said it won't use tuition dollars, state appropriations or donations to pay the tab, and it expects some of the costs to be paid by insurance. Penn State and its insurance carrier are locked in a dispute over the insurer's financial exposure to the Sandusky scandal.
 
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« Reply #3150 on: October 15, 2013, 05:25:18 PM »

http://www.omaha.com/article/20131015/NEWS/131019208
Aaron Fisher, 1st to accuse Jerry Sandusky of molestation, details coach's abuse
October 15, 2013

For years he was known only as Victim One.

Now, Aaron Fisher -- the first teenage boy to come forward and accuse Jerry Sandusky of molestation -- is speaking publicly about the infamous Penn State football coach's abuse.

Fisher, his mother and his psychologist appeared at an Omaha conference Tuesday morning to tell their story of years of hidden sexual abuse. During a 90-minute speech, they detailed how Sandusky worked to befriend the Fisher family and countless others, enticing the boy with weekend trips and football tickets and then scaring him into silence.

"Jerry Sandusky wasn't a stranger," said Fisher's mother, Dawn Hennessy. "He was in our house. He had dinner at our house. I played with his dog. We knew him."

Sandusky's abuse of Aaron was followed by equally horrific years during which authorities refused to believe the teenage boy and covered up Sandusky's actions, said Fisher and his psychologist.

They pinpointed specific incidents in which school administrators, police and the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office refused to believe the teenager and then refused to act even as dozens of other boys came forward.

Sandusky wasn't arrested until three years after Fisher first told psychologist Michael Gillum that Sandusky was sexually abusing him.

During that time, Fisher was repeatedly grilled by investigators, testified before three secret grand juries, was publicly outed as Victim One by his high school's football coach and had to transfer schools to escape the torment of fellow students.

Both Fisher and Gillum received death threats. Fisher contemplated suicide.

"I thought people would believe us," Gillum said. "But people were fighting to the death for (Sandusky). That's what it felt like."
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« Reply #3151 on: October 26, 2013, 07:50:00 PM »

http://articles.mcall.com/2013-10-23/news/mc-right-to-know-law-penn-state-sandusky-watchdog-20131023_1_three-other-state-related-universities-penn-state-jerry-sandusky
Penn State doesn't want public to have access to its files
State-related universities say they shouldn't have to open records to the public.
October 23, 2013

Officials from Penn State and three other state-related universities didn't put up a very convincing fight this week for why they shouldn't have to comply with the state's Right-to-Know Law.

They said it would cost them money. They said it would burden them administratively. They said it could create internal animosity if workers were to find out what other workers earn.



Those are the same concerns faced by counties, cities, school boards, townships and others subject to the law. Kutztown, East Stroudsburg and the 12 other universities in the State System of Higher Education face them, too. But that argument misses the point, which is that the public should be able to track its money and hold institutions that accept it accountable.

Allegations of Penn State administrators' covering up Jerry Sandusky's molestation of boys have taken this issue to a higher level.

"That's why we're looking at this issue," Sen. Andrew Dinniman, D-Chester, said at a hearing Monday before the Senate State Government Committee in Harrisburg. "Many of us feel the university failed, and one reason it failed was because there was no adequate right-to-know provisions."

Subjecting Penn State, the University of Pittsburgh, Temple and Lincoln universities to the law won't "prevent the next Jerry Sandusky," warned Terry Mutchler, director of the state Office of Open Records, but it could expose them sooner.

"The difference is you might have found out a little earlier," she said, noting that her office had received and denied appeals seeking records "related to Penn State and the Sandusky scenario" because the Right-to-Know Law didn't make those records public.

The law allows the public to request documents that show how their governments operate, spend money and provide services. It's designed to ensure that public officials don't operate in secret and to hold them accountable to citizens.

Penn State, Pitt, Temple and Lincoln are not part of the State System of Higher Education but are designated by law as "state-related." They have limited responsibilities under the Right-to-Know Law.

They are required to file reports on spending, including the salaries of officers and directors and the top 25 paid employees.

Bills pending in the state Senate and House propose making the schools fully subject to the law, which presumably would make all university employee salaries public, plus other information such as the terms of various contracts.

The law also provides for documents such as emails to be released in some situations. Penn State emails have been cited as evidence in the alleged cover-up of the Sandusky scandal.

At the Senate hearing Monday, lawyers for the schools testified they already provide adequate public disclosure of how they spend the state money they receive. They said they also provide academic, crime, faculty and other data under other state and federal laws.


"We're not here to hide any information about how we spend commonwealth funds," testified George Moore, senior vice president and counsel at Temple.

Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne, said lawmakers aren't just interested in financial accountability.

"This is as much about the culture of governance at these universities," Yudichak said.

The university officials stressed that their schools are not state agencies and have independent governance through their boards of trustees, which meet publicly. The boards aren't completely independent of the state, though, as state officials appoint some trustees.

The universities believe that subjecting them to the same disclosure requirements as state agencies would be unfair and cause hardships by interfering with their private attributes, such as the ability to negotiate contracts with vendors.

"It does restrain the ability of Penn State to serve its mission," testified Stephen Dunham, vice president and general counsel at Penn State.

Paul Supowitz, vice chancellor and associate general counsel at Pitt, said the universities would be "severely compromised by full inclusion" and it "would create significant negative impacts and unintended consequences."

When pressed by senators for specifics, though, school officials didn't offer much that swayed me. They didn't seem to sway some senators, either, as members of the committee asked several times for specifics about the effects of including universities in the law.

"What really would be devastating about that to the universities?" Sen. Lloyd Smucker, R-Lancaster, asked.

The universities mentioned concerns about protecting faculty research and technology development. They feared that labor negotiations could be disrupted. They cited privacy issues involving university medical centers.

Those all are legitimate. But they're unfounded, as those types of records don't have to be released.
The Right-to-Know Law exempts from release records about collective bargaining; trade secrets or proprietary information; unpublished lecture notes, manuscripts, articles and creative works in progress; research-related material and scholarly correspondence; donor information; and health-related information.

Mutchler told lawmakers that given all the exemptions, subjecting the universities to the law would not mean giving the public a key to their filing cabinets.

"More information than not will be able to be withheld," she testified.

Further working against the universities' position is that Pennsylvania is one of only three states where records of state-funded universities aren't presumed to be public.

Dunham testified that the state-related universities in Pennsylvania are different from public research universities in other states and should be treated differently.
 

I agree some areas of the Right-to-Know Law should be changed to address concerns by the state-related universities and others about records requests that don't make sense, are harassing and waste limited public resources and tax dollars.

There are legislative proposals to do that.

Bucks County's open records officer, Regina Armitage, testified that inmates submit many frivolous requests that "have no rationale" or seek records the county doesn't have or "don't even exist."

Senate Bill 444 would limit the types of records inmates can ask for and would allow a government to seek a court order to exempt it from complying with "unduly burdensome" requests.

Limiting access to one segment of the population is a slippery slope that is being met with opposition from advocates for inmates.

Armitage said half of the public records requests the county has received since 2009 have been from companies and labor unions seeking records for "commercial" purposes.

Senate Bill 444 would allow governments to charge fees to fill "commercial" requests for public records.
 
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« Reply #3152 on: October 26, 2013, 07:52:33 PM »

https://onwardstate.com/2013/10/22/spanier-requests-stay-in-defamation-lawsuit-against-freeh/
Spanier Requests Stay in Defamation Lawsuit Against Freeh
October 21, 2013

Graham Spanier is asking the courts to delay his defamation lawsuit against Louis Freeh until the criminal case against the former Penn State president is finished.

Spanier’s attorney, Elizabeth Ainslie, writes in legal documents filed Monday that Spanier would be “greatly prejudiced” if the civil suit were to continue at the same time of the criminal proceedings.

Spanier claims that Louis Freeh made numerous baseless and derogatory remarks in his report which states that Spanier, “repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities [PSU's] Board of Trustees, the Penn State community and the public at large.” Spanier’s attorneys say those allegations are both false and defamatory.

Spanier is seeking monetary damages. Spanier is also asking for a jury trial in his civil case.
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« Reply #3153 on: November 12, 2013, 04:52:13 PM »

http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/searching-for-paternos-statue/d/story/h5OFFLhH9kaoU_WuTrXZhQ
Searching For Paterno's Statue
Published November 7, 2013, Updated November 8, 2013

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« Reply #3154 on: November 12, 2013, 04:54:55 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/11/07/clery-act-college-football-coaches-athletics-directors/3467129/
'Campus security authorities' includes coaches and ADs
In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, coaches' deals highlight their security duties.

November 7, 2013

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« Reply #3155 on: November 12, 2013, 04:57:37 PM »

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/01/sandusky-court/3348953/
Jerry Sandusky asks Pennsylvania high court to take case
November 1, 2013

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky wants Pennsylvania's highest court to take up his appeal of a 45-count child sex abuse conviction, saying in a petition released Friday that the trial judge should have instructed jurors regarding the length of time it took his victims to come forward.

The new filing also repeated other arguments that were recently rejected by the mid-level Superior Court, including a claim that Sandusky's lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare and that a prosecutor improperly referred to Sandusky's decision not to testify.

"This is a notorious case," wrote his lawyers, Norris Gelman and Margeaux Cigainero. "It is a case that tests the limits of our ability to live up to the promise our constitution makes that even in the worst of cases, a fair trial will be afforded."

Gelman said Friday that it typically takes the Supreme Court two to seven months to decide if it will take a case. If it does, the justices will establish a briefing schedule.

A spokesman for the attorney general's office, which prosecuted Sandusky, declined comment.

The petition argues that Judge John Cleland's decision not to issue the "failure to make a prompt report" jury instruction was catastrophic to the defense strategy.

"It cut the heart out of (Sandusky)'s main defense," they wrote. "Just as the court could not deny (him) the right to forward such as defense, it had no right to dilute it so seriously by refusing the instructions."

Gelman noted Friday an announcement this week by Penn State that it has reached settlement terms with 26 young men, agreeing to pay them nearly $60 million over claims of abuse by Sandusky.

"My guess is that the jurors never dreamed that the complainants would become multimillionaires," Gelman said.

The defense lawyers said most of the eight young men who testified against Sandusky waited years to disclose the abuse, although one told his mother about showering with Sandusky the same day. The others ranged from two to 16 years, they wrote.

Cleland said he would not issue the jury instruction because he believed research indicates delayed reporting is not unusual in child sexual abuse cases, so a delay would not necessarily indicate dishonesty.
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« Reply #3156 on: November 12, 2013, 05:00:27 PM »


http://www.centredaily.com/2013/11/09/3880312/penn-state-trustees-freeh-blasted.html
Penn State trustees, Freeh blasted at Franco Harris forum
November 9, 2013

STATE COLLEGE — More than 250 people turned out Saturday night to listen to supporters of Joe Paterno rail against Penn State for its firing of the legendary coach exactly two years before and other parts of the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

The event, “Upon Further Review,” saw the presenters roast Mike McQueary, the board of trustees and the media. Though the presentations they gave were complex and involved their analyses of data, their message was simple: they don’t believe the truth has come out of the scandal.

“Those investigations will hopefully get to the truth,” co-organizer Ray Blehar said during a presentation, referring to the attorney general’s internal review of the Sandusky investigation and a federal investigation. “If they don’t, we will continue to press on.”

The event was sponsored by Nittany Lion great Franco Harris, and in addition to Blehar, it featured presentations by Eileen Morgan and John Ziegler, a filmmaker who released the documentary “The Framing of Joe Paterno” last year.

“We can’t forget what they did to Penn State,” said Harris, who’s been one of most visible Paterno supporters over the past two years. “We have to find the truth, and that’s what’s really important.”

Morgan prefaced her remarks by saying she wasn’t criticizing or judging McQueary. Morgan said parts of McQueary’s first three descriptions of the shower incident in 2001 are different from the last three, and she pointed out revelations that he made on the stand during a preliminary hearing for ex-administrators Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz over the summer.

That’s when McQueary said he had a conversation with Paterno in which the coach told him Nov. 9, 2011, that Old Main would make him the “scapegoat.”

Morgan also said the grand jury presentment that outlined the charges against Sandusky also had a glaring omission: any reference of what McQueary family friend Jonathan Dranov told the grand jury.

Blehar blasted the board of trustees, accusing former trustee John Surma of having a vendetta against Paterno and subsequently seeking his ouster. He also said he doesn’t believe that some trustees have said they didn’t see news reports in March 2011 about the investigation and weren’t aware of the allegations until the grand jury presentment came out.

As for the Freeh investigation, Blehar said it was a “fake investigation” and that former FBI director Louis Freeh “was hired to deceive the public into believing an independent investigation would be done.”

Ziegler, who’s conducted prison interviews with Sandusky, said the message that the media has put out is wrong about the nature of Sandusky’s crimes: “I believe that the nature of his crimes are vastly different from the public perception,” he said. “Gun to my head, I do not believe Jerry Sandusky had a sex act with a boy.”

Ziegler also took aim at the media, bashing national news reporters and anchors for saying that Sandusky had raped boys.

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Penn State grad starts fund to pay for public records fight
November 11, 2013

An update of Pennsylvania’s Right-to-Know Law being discussed in Harrisburg may one day shed more light Penn State University’s operations — provided the state’s flagship public university and other state-related schools are brought fully under the law.

But in the meantime, a Penn State alumnus today formally announced a legal fund drive with the stated goal of helping bankroll his efforts to make his alma mater more transparent.

What Ryan Bagwell, class of 2002, has dubbed the “Penn State Sunshine Fund” would “distribute money for legal and lobbying activities with the goal of eliminating the secrecy that persists at Old Main,” he said in a statement announcing the drive.

Currently, Penn State as well as the University of Pittsburgh, Temple and Lincoln universities are exempt from most requirements of the law. But Mr. Bagwell has been using the records law in its current form to gain insight into how Penn State trustees and public officials handled child sexual abuse allegations against jailed former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky that thrust the university into a scandal in November 2011.

In July, a Commonwealth Court ruling sided with Mr. Bagwell’s pursuit of access to records of certain Penn State trustees. The ruling sent Mr. Bagwell’s request back to the state Office of Open Records, which is interpreting what documents must be turned over to the public.

 

He said he has spent $15,000 to date in legal and other fees and hopes to raise $50,000 toward expected future actions.

He said individuals can learn more about the drive and about making donations by going to http://www.pennstatesunshinefund.org.

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Penn State alum starts fund for open records fight about Jerry Sandusky case
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Prosecutors Argue Against Jerry Sandusky Appeal
November 14, 2013

Pennsylvania prosecutors said in a new court filing that Jerry Sandusky has not presented any good reason for the state Supreme Court to take up an appeal of his molestation conviction.

The former Penn State assistant football coach has not put forward sufficient grounds for the justices to consider the appeal, according to the brief by the Pennsylvania attorney general's office posted by state court officials on Thursday.

"Sandusky nowhere argues that there are special and important reasons for allowance of appeal, much less identify such reasons or explain their importance," prosecutors wrote. "Rather, he simply argues the merits of each of the issues that he raised before the Superior Court without explaining why this court should address those issues."

In asking the high court to take his case two weeks ago, Sandusky argued his lawyers were rushed to trial and prosecutors improperly referred to his decision not to testify.

He also said the trial judge should have issued a jury instruction regarding the delay in reporting by his victims and that the judge erred by telling jurors to weigh evidence of his good character against all other evidence in the case.

"In terms of, 'Are there important reasons for the court to exercise its discretion to grant us a full appeal?,' I say yes, sure there are," Sandusky's defense attorney, Norris Gelman, said Thursday.

He disputed the prosecutors' latest filing and said that the reasons the Supreme Court should take the case were laid out in the lengthy document he submitted in asking for it.
 
The new prosecution filing said jurors were aware that Sandusky's defense was that his victims should not be believed because, according to the defense, they were motivated by money. Penn State recently announced nearly $60 million in settlements with 26 people who say they were abused by Sandusky, including many of the eight young men who testified against him.

"The court's instruction directed the jury to consider all of the relevant factors put forth by the defense," the AG's office wrote. "There was no new novel application of the law."

Prosecutors said decisions by the trial judge, John Cleland, not to delay the case were not the type of arbitrary decision that would violate Sandusky's rights.

Prosecutors argued in the filing that any error would have been harmless since Sandusky's attorney testified during a post-sentence hearing that his case would not have changed if he had more time to prepare.

Sandusky's request to the high court also cited prosecutor Joe McGettigan's reference in his closing argument to the interview Sandusky gave to NBC's Bob Costas shortly after his 2011 arrest. McGettigan told jurors that he has been told he's "almost as good a questioner as Bob Costas" and that he "only heard (Sandusky) on TV."

The prosecutors wrote that Sandusky's lawyers did not seek a mistrial based on the references to his public statements on the case, so McGettigan's reference cannot be reviewed on appeal.

Gelman has said it normally takes months for the Supreme Court to consider a petition for allowance of appeal. If the high court grants it, they would then establish a briefing schedule.
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