Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today:
• Mayor Nutter wants to repeat Popeadelphia’s car-free streets, too — and soon.
One of the clear successes of the papal visit was how Philadelphians — and our visitors — embraced the car-free streets of the “Francis Festival Grounds” as a place to jog, play football, and generally saunter in relaxed, neighborly fashion. An “Open Streets PHL” campaign had gotten under way to persuade the next mayor to create a car-free weekend next year. Mayor Nutter is way ahead of that: PhillyVoice.com reports he wants to repeat the experiment this year, before he leaves office.
“Mayor Nutter is excited about the possibilities for creating an innovative Urban Commons on a section of Center City,” a spokesman told the website. The commons area would be “considerably smaller than the Francis Festival Grounds, for biking, walking, running, skateboarding, rollerblading and a range of programming.” The administration will be contacting “impacted stakeholders” soon to figure out how to pull it off. Read more »
A man who says Jerry Sandusky molested him during the 1980s is asking a court to order criminal charges in the matter.
“The man, now 43 years old and living in Massachusetts, was 16 at the time he attended a Sandusky-run football camp on the Penn State campus,” AP reports. “His private criminal complaint filed in Centre County alleges two incidences of abuse in which he claims Sandusky subjected him to fondling and oral sex.”
Sandusky’s lawyer denied the allegations. Read more »
The attorney general’s office will not pursue a new claim against Jerry Sandusky, saying the statute of limitations has expired on the claim. Read more »
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How long before Joe Paterno’s statue returns to Happy Valley?
With the sidelining of most NCAA sanctions following the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the restoration of Paterno’s wins record, the full restoration of JoePa’s legacy on campus has seemed only a matter of time. Sandy Barbour, Penn State’s new athletic director, basically confirmed that this week in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“I have no doubt that at the right time, as some of the legal issues have been sorted through . . . Penn State will honor not only Joe Paterno’s legacy but the Paterno family’s legacy,” Barbour told the Inky’s editorial board. “We’ll know when it’s time.” Read more »
Jerry Sandusky has appealed his convictions for child sexual abuse, the Associated Press reports.
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Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is one of three former university officials charged with child endangerment in the Jerry Sandusky case.
This week’s reinstatement of Monsignor William Lynn’s conviction on child endangerment charges will have repercussions in the cases of three former Penn State officials facing similar charges in the Jerry Sandusky case, PennLive reports.
Lynn had argued that he could not be charged under Pennsylvania statute since he never cared directly for children, but instead supervised those who did. Former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former Senior Vice President for Business and Finance Gary Schultz and former Athletic Director Tim Curley were expected to mount a similar defense. Read more »
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Let’s be fair here: Given the expense of big-time college athletics, it probably cost way more than $13,500 apiece for Penn State to earn each of the 111 victories that were eventually erased from Joe Paterno‘s record following the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
But the legal bills for the fight to restore those victories have come due, and PennLive reports today the final tally amounts to about $1.5 million — or, roughly, the aforementioned $13,500 per restored victory. Read more »
A new bill in the Pennsylvania Senate would give childhood victims of sexual abuse until the age of 50 to file a civil lawsuit against their abuser.
Sen. Rob Teplitz, a Democrat who serves Perry and Dauphin counties, introduced the bill Monday, saying it addressed one of the few remaining issues left over from the state’s Task Force on Child Protection that made recommendations in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State. The current statute of limitations gives childhood victims of abuse until the age of 30 to file a civil claim; the statute of limitations for criminal charges in such cases is already age 50.
That rule is “arbitrary and archaic” Teplitz said in a sponsorship memorandum. Read more »
Former Penn State President Graham Spanier has filed suit against former FBI director Louis Freeh, saying the latter defamed him in his famous “Freeh Report” on the Jerry Sandusky affair that ended the Joe Paterno era at the university.
The complaint was not immediately available, but an official with the Court of Common Pleas in Centre County confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the case had been filed. Spanier’s attorney, Libby Locke, did not return calls for comment, nor did any of the three offices of the Freeh Group, the company that the former FBI director now heads. Read more »
Penn State’s president has criticized the Freeh Report that found broad university culpability in the Jerry Sandusky scandal, saying it was overly “prosecutorial” and arrived at “absurd” conclusion.
An association of sexual abuse survivors reacted angrily to the news, issuing a statement urging university officials to “man up” to their responsibilities in the matter.
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