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« Reply #3200 on: March 19, 2014, 04:00:47 PM »

http://www.centredaily.com/2014/03/19/4092323/louis-freeh-shot-down-on-attempt.html
Judge refuses Louis Freeh attempt to restart Graham Spanier defamation suit
March 19, 2014
By Matt Carroll

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« Reply #3201 on: March 19, 2014, 04:02:09 PM »

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/judge-denies-emergency-motion-to-reconsider-delaying-spaniers-lawsuit-against-freeh,1458367/
Judge Denies Emergency Motion to Reconsider Delaying Spanier's Lawsuit Against Freeh
March 19, 2014
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« Reply #3202 on: March 20, 2014, 09:37:53 PM »

http://lancasteronline.com/opinion/opinion-dottie-sandusky-was-also-groomed/article_30dfda2c-aeaa-11e3-8990-0017a43b2370.html
Opinion: Dottie Sandusky was also groomed
March 18, 2014
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« Reply #3203 on: March 20, 2014, 09:39:37 PM »

http://www.post-gazette.com/news/education/2014/03/20/PSU-investigators-sought-mass-of-email/stories/201403200199
Penn State investigators sought mass of email
Documents offer new window into Sandusky case

March 19, 2014

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« Reply #3204 on: March 20, 2014, 09:41:38 PM »

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140320_Sandusky_prosecutor___quot_Quite_a_number_of_people_quot__at_Penn_State_may_have_known.html
Prosecutor: More Penn State officials knew for years about Sandusky abuse
Posted March 19, 2014, Last updated March 20, 2014

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« Reply #3205 on: March 20, 2014, 09:43:09 PM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/03/victim_6_in_sandusky_case_orde.html
Victim 6 gets order requiring Penn State to share what Freeh investigators learned about Jerry Sandusky
March 19, 2014
By Charles Thompson

In what is believed to be a first, Penn State has been ordered to identify a limited number of people who were interviewed in its internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

The disclosure, ordered in one of the remaining civil cases lodged against the university, requires Penn State to disclose names of anyone who told former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s investigative team that they either saw or had information about Sandusky showering with minors from 1990 through 1998.

The disclosure would be to the attorneys for so-called Victim 6, the boy whose mother called Penn State police after learning that Sandusky had showered with her son following a 1998 get-together at campus facilities.

Victim 6 – who did testify in Sandusky’s criminal trial – is one of a handful of Sandusky's self-proclaimed victims who did not strike a negotiated settlement with the university last year.
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« Reply #3206 on: March 28, 2014, 04:51:55 PM »

http://www.statecollege.com/news/local-news/jay-paterno-withdraws-from-lt-gov-race-after-petitions-challenged,1458550/
Jay Paterno Withdraws from Lt. Gov. Race After Petitions Challenged
March 28, 2014

Jay Paterno, son of the late Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, announced Friday he is withdrawing from the race for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor.
Paterno sent an email to supporters Friday announcing he intends to withdraw from the race. Around the same time, he issued this Tweet:
"There are times in life when personal ambitions should give way for the good of the whole."
Last week, an attorney representing Harrisburg City Councilman Brad Koplinski filed papers with the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania asking to have Paterno knocked off the ballot. Koplinski is Paterno's political rival and is one of the six Democrats running for lieutenant governor.
Paterno told supporters Friday, "As you may be aware there has been a legal challenge brought to remove me from the ballot based on challenging our petitions. We could fight this on Monday in court. Regardless of that outcome there are other potential avenues that could drag out over time, remaining a distraction throughout the primary. That would benefit no one so I have decided to step away."
In a prepared statement for the news media, Paterno says he does not want an ongoing legal battle to distract from the race.
"While I have always believed that you fight for what is right, there are times in life when personal ambitions should give way for the good of the whole. To that end, I'm stepping away," he says.
The primary election is May 20.
Attorney Larry Otter tells StateCollege.com that many of the petition signatures the Paterno campaign gathered to get on the ballot are invalid. Candidates must submit a minimum of 1,000 signatures. At least 100 signatures must come from each of five different counties.
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« Reply #3207 on: March 31, 2014, 09:01:25 PM »

Spanier sues prosecutors, seeks dismissal of case
3/31/14

Former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier is again asking a judge to dismiss charges against him regarding the alleged cover-up stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case, this time alleging misconduct by the prosecutor in the case.
 
In a lawsuit filed Monday against Attorney General Kathleen Kane in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Spanier accuses former deputy Attorney General Frank Fina of violating his civil rights and acting in "bad faith" by bringing charges based on testimony from attorney Cynthia Baldwin, who was representing Spanier at the start of the investigation.
 
Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley were charged in 2012 with conspiring to cover up reports that former assistant football coach Sandusky was molesting children. They are awaiting trial in Dauphin County Court.
 
Fina, who prosecuted Sandusky and filed the charges against the three administrators, also headed the now-controversial corruption investigation into Philadelphia legislators that Kane shut down in 2013. Kane has said the probe, which involved at least four lawmakers caught accepting money or gifts, was flawed, badly managed and tainted by racism. Fina has denied any wrongdoing.
 

Fina, who now works in the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, is also expected to figure in a pending review by Kane's office into the attorney general's handling of the Sandusky investigation. Kane's office has not said when it expects the report will be complete.
 
Baldwin, the former general counsel for Penn State, has emerged as a central figure in the prosecution's case against Spanier. When the president was asked to come before a grand jury investigating Sandusky, he believed she was representing him, and she was present during his testimony.
 
In a closed-door meeting in the supervising judge's chambers before Spanier testified in 2011, Baldwin told Fina she represented "solely" Penn State. When Spanier testified moments later, he identified Baldwin as his attorney.
 
"Fina said nothing to correct Spanier's statement and thereby to alert Spanier to the fact that Baldwin was not serving as his lawyer," the suit says. "Fina thus deliberately obtained uncounselled testimony from Spanier. The perjury charge that Fina based on that testimony is thus based on Fina's deception, both of Spanier and of the supervising grand jury judge, and on Fina's blatant violation of Spanier's attorney-client privilege."
 
By October 2012, the suit alleges, Baldwin herself had become a target of an investigation into a potential coverup of Sandusky's assaults by Penn State administrators, and she agreed to cooperate.

Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20140401_Spanier_files_misconduct_lawsuit_against_Pa__attorney_general_s_office.html#LOgz6orcZuYl10pf.99

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« Reply #3208 on: April 01, 2014, 04:53:30 PM »

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/01/penn-state-cover-up-case_n_5068904.html
Graham Spanier, Former Penn State President, Wants To Halt Sex Abuse Cover-Up Case
April 1, 2014

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State president Graham Spanier filed a federal lawsuit Monday that seeks to put an end to his state court prosecution for an alleged criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints about former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Spanier's lawyers filed a complaint in federal court in Harrisburg that said his case was undertaken in bad faith and that it violates his constitutional right to due process of law.
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« Reply #3209 on: April 03, 2014, 08:58:13 AM »

http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/04/pennsylvania_supreme_court_dec.html
Pa. Supreme Court decision against Jerry Sandusky closes book on 2012 trial issues
Posted On April 2, 2014, Updated April 3, 2014
By Charles Thompson

Jerry Sandusky’s quest to reclaim his pre-conviction life got a lot harder with the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s refusal Wednesday to take his case on appeal.

But the world probably hasn’t heard the last of him.

For while the court’s latest order effectively shuts the door on the 2012 criminal trial that led to the former Penn State football icon’s conviction on 45 counts of sexually abusing a series of boys, Sandusky does have other appellate routes open.

The bigger question, defense attorneys agreed Wednesday, is will he ever have the facts to leverage them.

For example, Pennsylvania’s Post-Conviction Relief Act gives all criminal convicts a window to revive their cases if they can show a court they’ve come up with game-changing evidence that wasn’t available at trial.

But in Sandusky’s case - a historical prosecution that was never built on physical evidence in the first place - there is no trove of DNA-based evidence that is going to clear him.

And the conspiracy theory that Sandusky’s victims concocted a story because they saw a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Good luck developing that now that 26 defendants have struck civil settlements - and confidentiality agreements - with Penn State.

The point, said defense attorney William Costopoulos, who famously helped reverse the homicide conviction of one-time high school principal Jay Smith in the 1990s, is that “the mountain is very steep at this hour.”

Many believe Sandusky will likely continue the climb.

First and foremost, he still, publicly at least, has maintained his innocence of any crimes.

Unlike many state prison inmates, he is not destitute. And if he is successful in keeping his $60,000-a-year pension, the Sandusky family would likely have the funds to pursue a legal defense for many years to come.

He also has at least one ally, self-styled documentary film-maker John Ziegler, who has taken a keen personal interest in the Sandusky case and has vowed to keep exploring it.

In an e-mail Wednesday, Ziegler called the court’s decision “absurd” but expected given the political environment surrounding the case and the weight of public condemnation of Sandusky.

But Ziegler said he will soldier on.

“I am more convinced than ever that a massive injustice has been done to nearly everyone in this case and that it’s not even that close a call,” he wrote.

To others, Wednesday’s decision felt just right.

“I am happy to see the Supreme Court in Pennsylvania uphold this verdict,” said Christopher Anderson, executive director of Male Survivor, a support and advocacy group for child sex abuse victims.

“Sandusky was afforded all the due process rights he should have been, his attorneys had ample time to prepare, and he chose in the end to not speak in his own defense. The jury came quickly to a unanimous and proper decision.”

What’s next in the case?

That was immediately unknowable Wednesday because Sandusky’s attorney, Norris Gelman was not available for comment.

But here’s a quick look at some of the options.
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« Reply #3210 on: April 03, 2014, 09:02:29 AM »

http://www.centredaily.com/2014/04/02/4116384/state-supreme-court-rejects-sandusky.html
State Supreme Court won’t hear Sandusky conviction appeal
April 2, 2014

Jerry Sandusky won’t get to argue before the state’s highest court that his conviction for sexually abusing children should be reversed.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday not to consider an appeal from the founder of The Second Mile and a former Penn State assistant football coach. The justices didn’t provide a reason in the short, one-sentence order.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 for molesting 10 young boys, and is serving a 30-year minimum sentence in solitary confinement at a state prison in Greene County.

His defense attorney, Norris Gelman, could not immediately be reached for comment. It wasn’t clear whether Sandusky, 70, who maintains his innocence, will pursue other avenues for appeal after the rejection Wednesday.
 

Gelman took the case to the Supreme Court after the state Superior Court upheld Sandusky’s conviction.

At the time, the defense argued that Sandusky’s trial attorneys were rushed and couldn’t properly prepare, and that Judge John Cleland was wrong on several matters during the proceedings.

In the appeal, Gelman referenced instructions Cleland issued to the jurors, saying the judge should have told them they could consider that the young men who testified against Sandusky did not make a prompt report that they were abused. Gelman also said the judge erred when he told the jurors to consider Sandusky’s character with the evidence the prosecution had presented.

The state Attorney General’s Office argued that Sandusky’s lawyer didn’t show any “special and important reasons” the state’s highest court should consider the appeal.

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