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« Reply #960 on: March 14, 2012, 05:53:22 PM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/03/penn_state_explores_going_priv.html
Penn State's 'informal' discussion about possibly going private meets with mixed reactions
BY SARA GANIM AND JAN MURPHY, The Patriot-News
March 14, 2012

Gov. Tom Corbett has warned Penn State to open its records or risk losing taxpayer funding.

Several weeks after he issued that warning, two Penn State trustees met with Cornell University and discussed the possibility of making a transition to a private university.

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The university has benefited from some exemptions to state Right to Know law.

The law presumes that virtually all records of an agency are public. State and local government agencies, the 14 state-owned universities — including Millersville and Shippensburg — and the state’s community colleges are fully subject to the law.

Penn State is granted some exceptions. The university must release some financial information and salaries of only its top 25 earners.

Spanier lobbied hard to keep Penn State from being fully subject to the open-records law.
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“Penn State would rather go private than be transparent,” said Eric Epstein, co-founder of Rock the Capitol, a government watchdog. “That’s the bottom line. You have a culture that operates in the dark and is allergic to sunlight.”

Epstein has long lobbied for open-records laws, and said his biggest opponent in higher education was Spanier.

Spanier’s philosophy was that if the university had to fully comply with the Right to Know law, Penn State would be less competitive for top academic talent.

But tuition has continued to rise, and Penn State has become one of America’s most expensive state universities.

“Let’s be honest, they’re already priced at a private rate,” Epstein said. “They are running away from their problems, and I just think it’s time the university ‘fesses up and embraces transparency.”
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« Reply #961 on: March 15, 2012, 11:57:04 AM »

http://www.nonprofitquarterly.org/governancevoice/19978-second-mile-insurer-refuses-to-pay-sanduskys-legal-costs.html
Second Mile Insurer Refuses to Pay Sandusky’s Legal Costs
Written by Michael Wyland
March 15, 2012

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« Reply #962 on: March 16, 2012, 02:54:49 PM »

http://espn.go.com/college-football/story/_/id/7696384/penn-state-nittany-lions-officials-get-subpoenas-jerry-sandusky-case
Lawyer cites more PSU subpoenas
March 16, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Penn State's in-house lawyer said Friday state prosecutors have served subpoenas on "a number" of university employees, but the brief announcement on the school's website provided little detail.

General counsel Cynthia Baldwin did not say how many subpoenas were issued or when they were received. She also did not disclose what information was sought and did not name the recipients.

"We believe it is appropriate that it be left up to them and their attorneys whether to reveal their identities," said the one-paragraph announcement. She said the school would not comment further, and a phone message left for the attorney general's office was not immediately returned.
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« Reply #963 on: March 16, 2012, 02:56:52 PM »

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/state/penn-state-trustees-eye-changes-to-board-structure-390362/
Penn State trustees eye changes to board structure
By Bill Schackner / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
March 16, 2012

HERSHEY, Pa. --- Penn State University trustees are meeting here today, where they are expeted to adopt governance changes to address criticism that members failed to properly address child sex allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

But even as the board's afternoon session was convened at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, there were other developments relating to the ongoing scandal.

Cynthia Baldwin, Penn State's general counsel, issued a statement confirming that state prosecutors have served subpoenas on "a number of other university employees."

Ms. Baldwin, in a statement posted today on the Penn State's website, said that it would be up to the employees and their lawyers to say who received them.

Ms. Baldwin didn't say what the attorney general's office was investigating, or how many subpoenas were issued.
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« Reply #964 on: March 16, 2012, 10:22:35 PM »

More CYA. 

http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2012-03-16/penn-state-abuse/53578370/1
Penn State implements ex-FBI boss' recommendations
March 16, 2012

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« Reply #965 on: March 17, 2012, 09:23:07 AM »

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/penn-st-board-trustees-disccuss-employees-foot-legal-bills-jerry-sandusky-sexual-abuse-case-article-1.1041158?localLinksEnabled=false
Penn St. board of trustees discuss whether or not employees will have to foot legal bills in Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case
By Christian Red / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
March 16, 2012

Penn State University employees who have been subpoenaed to testify before the state grand jury investigating alleged sex abuse by former PSU football coach Jerry Sandusky may have to pay for their own counsel, according to the PSU’s board of trustees.

The university did not disclose the names or how many university employees were subpoenaed, but Karen Peetz, PSU’s president of the trustee board, said the trustees are discussing whether or not Penn State would foot the legal bills of the employees. Sandusky has been charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys, over a 15-year time period. He is scheduled to go on trial in May and has maintained his innocence.  Federal authorities are also investigating whether or not university officials committed fraud by trying to cover up the scandal. Cynthia Baldwin, the school’s VP and general counsel, was subpoenaed by feds to appear before a grand jury last month.
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« Reply #966 on: March 17, 2012, 09:25:35 AM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/03/us_court_asked_to_prohibit_cov.html
U.S. court asked to prohibit covering Jerry Sandusky damages
By JOHN BEAUGE, The Patriot-News
March 16, 2012

WILLIAMSPORT— The insurance company representing The Second Mile charity wants a federal judge to declare Pennsylvania public policy prohibits an insurer from providing coverage for damages resulting from sexual abuse, assault and/or corruption of children.
It is the latest effort by Federal Insurance Co. to avoid paying defense costs for former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in criminal and civil cases arising from charges that he allegedly sexually abused 10 boys over a 15-year period.

In documents filed Friday in U.S. Middle District Court, the insurance company said the court should reject any attempt to interject the concept of guilt or innocence into its analysis because providing coverage to a sexual predator would violate the ethical and moral standards of Pennsylvania citizens.
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« Reply #967 on: March 17, 2012, 09:29:09 AM »

http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120317/NEWS90/120319759/-1/NEWSMAP
Penn State trustees received death threats
By Andrew McGill
The Morning Call
March 17, 2012

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« Reply #968 on: March 17, 2012, 01:10:33 PM »

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20120317_Penn_State_board_meets__still_feels_the_heat.html
Penn State board meets, still feels the heat
By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
March 17, 2012

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« Reply #969 on: March 18, 2012, 09:35:59 PM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/03/former_fbi_director_focuses_pe.html
Former FBI director focuses Penn State probe on athletic department, employees say
By Sara Ganim, The Patriot-News
March 18, 2012

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« Reply #970 on: March 18, 2012, 10:57:17 PM »

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-jerry-sandusky-penn-state-discovery-20120316,0,7000323.story
Sandusky's lawyer says prosecutors are abusing grand jury secrecy rules
In filing, lawyer says prosecutors bent grand jury secrecy rules to hide facts.

By Peter Hall, Of The Morning Call
March 16, 2012

Jerry Sandusky's attorney said in a filing Friday that state prosecutors are abusing grand jury secrecy rules to conceal evidence that might be useful in building the former Penn State coach's defense against child sex charges.

Prosecutors from the state attorney general's office this month filed papers contending that they are not required to share materials before the grand jury that recommended charges against Sandusky.

Defense attorney Joseph Amendola said Friday that while the release of witness transcripts is subject to approval by the judge in charge of a grand jury, other evidence presented to the grand jury is not.


"If the commonwealth can conceal evidence by presenting it to a grand jury, the temptation to abuse the grand jury practice will increase significantly," Amendola wrote.

He asked Judge John M. Cleland, who is presiding over the case, to order prosecutors to turn over copies of all psychological evaluations, county Children and Youth Services records and juvenile court records.

Amendola argued that the juvenile court records of Sandusky's accusers may provide important evidence regarding a possible history of lying. Any adjudications for drug or alcohol use would shed light on the accusers' reliability in recalling details of the alleged abuse, Amendola said.

Amendola also reiterated his request for addresses and phone numbers for Sandusky's accusers going back to the start of the attorney general's investigation. Amendola said he hopes to show Sandusky's accusers colluded to false claims of abuse.
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« Reply #971 on: March 18, 2012, 11:02:04 PM »

http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/559095/Ex-Illinois-president-believes-Penn-State-can-recover-from-scandal.html?nav=742
Ex-Illinois president believes Penn State can recover from scandal
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March 18, 2012

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« Reply #972 on: March 19, 2012, 07:54:46 PM »

http://www.statecollege.com/news/columns/adam-smeltz-as-credibility-gains-spotlight-remember-origins-of-sandusky-case-1028219/
Adam Smeltz: As Credibility Gains Spotlight, Remember Origins of Sandusky Case
March 19, 2012

With its latest filing Friday, the Jerry Sandusky defense team appears primed to turn the sexual-abuse case into a test of credibility.

Lead defense attorney Joseph Amendola already has sought mental-health records on the reported victims. Now he is saying that several used drugs and alcohol in past years, as my colleague Nate Mink reported Friday.

Amendola refers to the young people in the case as "accusers," avoiding the "alleged victim" terminology used often by reporters. And he has suggested that most reporters probably think Sandusky is guilty, casting doubt on the credibility of news coverage, too.

In this crush of attention to credibility, here's something worth noting -- and remembering:

The young men listed as victims did not initiate this legal action themselves. By all accounts, they did not seek out law enforcement to ask for an investigation.

Rather, the law came to them. The law asked for their cooperation.

As lead state prosecutor Joseph McGettigan said in court last week, these youths were not enthusiastic about stepping forward to participate in the legal action. In most cases, their silence had continued for years after their reported abuse ended, McGettigan said.

Many of them were troubled to begin with, facing psychological problems that made them susceptible to victimization, he told presiding Judge John M. Cleland.
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« Reply #973 on: March 19, 2012, 07:58:32 PM »

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/amendola-pretrial-conference-for-sandusky-expected-to-be-rescheduled-1028618/
Amendola: Pre-Trial Conference for Sandusky Expected to Be Rescheduled
By Adam Smelz
March 19, 2012

UPDATED @ 6:45 p.m. March 19: The pre-trial conference in the Jerry Sandusky criminal case is expected to be rescheduled, Sandusky attorney Joseph Amendola wrote in an e-mail message Monday evening.

Earlier in the day, Centre County court officials noted that a March 22 pre-trial conference in the matter had been canceled.
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« Reply #974 on: March 21, 2012, 10:19:34 AM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/03/sandusky_can_get_juvenile_reco.html
Jerry Sandusky can get juvenile records, read psychology reports of alleged victims
By Sara Ganim, The Patriot-News
March 20, 2012

The judge presiding over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial has ordered prosecutors to hand over current and past addresses and phone numbers for accusers, along with psychological evaluations that can only be used for approved reasons.

The order comes days after Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola asked that those documents, along with juvenile arrest records of some witnesses and accusers, and grand jury evidence be turned over.

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« Reply #975 on: March 21, 2012, 10:30:56 AM »

Some of the victims may have had troubled pasts (after all, Sandusky chose some of them from TSM! and groomed them), so this is no surprise.  I think part of the reason Sandusky got away with victimiizing so many over the years was the fact many were from broken homes, had problems and etc.  Who would have listened to them, when a great benefactor like Sandusky graced them with his time and presence and gave them gifts and etc.  (Sarcasm!!)  It's sad victims are put on trial.  I think Amendola will of course do all he can to discredit the victims, and this would also serve to keep any more from coming forward in the future. I really wonder just how many young boys Jerry Sandusky sexually abused?   JMHO


http://www.oregonlive.com/newsflash/index.ssf/story/accusers-lawyer-sandusky-knows-what-he-did/bbdfa6cbfecd46b39b40cdb16710ab3f
Judge gives Sandusky lawyer accusers' contact info
March 20, 2012

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors on Tuesday were ordered to give Jerry Sandusky's lawyer the phone numbers and addresses of those who have accused the former Penn State assistant football coach of child sex abuse.

It was a pretrial win for Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, who argued in a filing late last week that it would be very difficult for defense investigators to locate and try to interview them without first getting contact information from prosecutors. The order also extends to the phone numbers and addresses of the accusers when the crimes are alleged to have occurred.

The order by Judge John Cleland could also lead to the prosecution turning over any psychological evaluations performed on the accusers, but the attorney general's office was given another week to try to persuade him they are protected by legal privilege and not subject to disclosure.

The psychological evaluations would be produced under seal, and Amendola wouldn't be allowed to do more than read them without getting the judge's prior approval.

Amendola is specifically seeking a psychologist's report related to a person described as Victim 6 in a grand jury report, saying he believes it contains a conclusion that Sandusky didn't sexually abuse the boy. The grand jury said Victim 6's mother complained to authorities after he showered with Sandusky in 1998. The subsequent investigation by Penn State police didn't result in any charges.

Ben Andreozzi, the lawyer for another accuser, said Amendola was trying to put the victims on trial and create distractions. He said Amendola "knows better than to contact my client."
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« Reply #976 on: March 21, 2012, 11:41:29 AM »

This is just sad.  JS and his attys will now have access to victimize these young men yet again.  What is this world coming to?
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« Reply #977 on: March 21, 2012, 11:22:40 PM »

http://www.cbs.com/shows/csi_miami/video/?play=true&pid=Q1iQ_hyOD12gzwem40UycPYhLAgdNSYh

CSI-Miami used the Sandusky theme in a show.
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« Reply #978 on: March 22, 2012, 04:11:21 PM »

This is a total waste of time and money.  Freeh has no legal authority.


http://www.mcall.com/news/local/mc-penn-state-sandusky-child-abuse-probe-20120321,0,1454412.story
200 interviewed in Penn State investigation
Questions go beyond Sandusky to relationship between football, administration.

By Genaro C. Armas and Michael Rubinkam, Of The Associated Press
March 21, 2012

STATE COLLEGE — Former FBI chief Louis Freeh and his investigators have conducted 200 interviews in their probe of the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State, asking questions that go beyond the charges against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and into the relationship between the football program and the administration.

Since November, when the Penn State board of trustees hired his group to examine the Sandusky case, Freeh's team has talked to people ranging from high-level administrators to retired secretaries to current and former staffers in the athletic department. That includes many employees who worked at the football building while the late Joe Paterno was coach.

The trustees themselves also are among those to be questioned, said board Chairwoman Karen Peetz, who told The Associated Press 200 people have been interviewed in all.


Freeh is charged with finding out how Penn State failed to stop an alleged predator in its midst, and with recommending changes aimed at preventing abuse. Board members facing criticism are stressing anew that the former federal judge and his team have complete independence.

Trustees ousted Paterno on Nov. 9, four days after Sandusky was charged with dozens of sexual assault counts. Eight of 10 boys Sandusky is accused of abusing were attacked on campus, including at the football facilities, prosecutors allege.

While the charges shocked the Penn State community, Paterno's forced departure after 61 years with the school outraged many former players and alumni, who assert the trustees acted rashly. Some alumni watchdog groups question whether Freeh's report will be a whitewash.
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« Reply #979 on: March 22, 2012, 04:13:34 PM »

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20120322_Penn_State_contracts_for_counseling_of_alleged_Sandusky_victims.html
Penn State contracts for counseling of alleged Sandusky victims
By Susan Snyder
March 22, 2012

Pennsylvania State University has contracted with a Texas abuse-risk-management company to arrange for free counseling for alleged victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the university announced Wednesday.

Since the child sex-abuse scandal broke in November, university officials have pledged to help the victims, who have said that Sandusky sexually abused them as children.

Sandusky has denied charges that he molested 10 boys over a 15-year period on and off campus. The case is to go to trial in May.

"It took a little while for us to roll out a program of this magnitude," said Mark Dambly, a member of Penn State's board of trustees. "We had to vet the group that would provide it, and we had to work it out with the insurance company."

The university has hired Praesidium Inc., which specializes in helping large entities prevent abuse within their organizations, according to the company's website.

The counseling will be confidential, the university said. It will be handled by counselors outside the university, and the school will not know the identity of those who use the services, the school said.

No budget has been set, but funds will not come from tuition or state funds, a university spokeswoman said.
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