Report: Corbett Cleared in Sandusky Probe

Well, for once there’s good news for Gov. Tom Corbett.

“Multiple sources with knowledge of Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s draft report on her investigation into whether Tom Corbett ‘slow-walked’ the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation say the report constitutes “a complete vindication” of the governor’s handling of the investigation while he was attorney general,” PennLive.com reports.

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Trial Will Challenge NCAA’s Sandusky Penalty

If you hate the NCAA’s punishment of Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky scandal, next year may be the year for you: AP reports that a lawsuit challenging those punishments will be heard at trial after the turn of the year.

Last month, Commonwealth Court required that Penn State be made a party to the lawsuit and indicated the court needed more information about whether the university and NCAA acted legally when they entered into the consent decree.

Penn State filed an answer in the case a month ago that said described the consent decree as “an obligation with which the university has fully complied and is fully committed to continue to comply.”

The lawsuit seeks to enforce a law passed last year that requires the fine to be spent on battling child abuse within Pennsylvania.

Sandusky is serving a “decades-long” prison sentence for molesting boys in his career at Penn State and at his charity, Second Mile.

AP: Corbett Meets With Sandusky Investigator

AP reports that Gov. Tom Corbett met this week with an investigator examining his handling of the Jerry Sandusky case while he was attorney general. No other details were available.

Attorney General Kathleen Kane began the investigation in February 2013 and put ex-federal prosecutor H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., in charge. Kane was looking for answers about why it took nearly three years after the first victim was identified to bring charges against Sandusky, the Penn State football team’s former defensive line coach. Corbett was running for governor during one year of the investigation. He has denied politics played a role in the length of the probe.

Sandusky, of course, was convicted in the case, and is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.

New Penn State Prez Scrutinized for Handling of Abuse Allegations

The appointment of Eric Barron as the new president at Penn State was supposed to mark a turning point from the bad old days of the Jerry Sandusky scandal that did so much to devastate the reputations of the school and its football program. But that plan may have run into a snag.

The New York Times on Wednesday ran a story suggesting that Florida State badly mishandled a rape allegation against its star quarterback, Jameis Winston. Florida State’s president at the time? Eric Barron.

You see where this might be going.

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Let Penn State’s Punishment Stand

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Suddenly, Penn State football fans have some hope. Maybe, just maybe, they’re going to get their bowl games back. Maybe, just maybe, Saturdays in Happy Valley will have some luster restored. Maybe, just maybe, the dark shadow of Jerry Sandusky will begin to recede.

Maybe. But I hope not.

Everything hinges on the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, which last week announced it was prepared to examine the sanctions imposed by the NCAA in the wake of the Sandusky affair. In a case over how the $60 million fine paid by Penn State could be used, Judge Anne Covey said the rest of the punishment — the bowl ban; the deletion of Joe Paterno from the record books — could also be under review.

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NCAA’s Penn State Sanctions Questioned by Court

PennLive reports that Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court is prepared to examine — and perhaps overturn — the NCAA’s $60 million fine and four-year bowl ban on Penn State, sanctions stemming from the Jerry Sandusky case. Penn State, you’ll recall, agreed to the sanctions in a consent deree with the NCAA.

That possibility was opened in a ruling upholding a state law — passed after the punishments were imposed —requiring the fine money “be used exclusively for child sexual abuse prevention and treatment in Pennsylvania.”

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PA Supreme Court Rejects Sandusky Appeal

Is this the last legal word we’ll hear from Jerry Sandusky? We’re guessing not. “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.” (Centre Daily Times)

Penn State’s Spanier Sues Kane in Federal Court

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier is suing Attorney General Kathleen Kane in federal court, trying to end his prosecution on charges he covered up Jerry Sandusky’s abuse of young boys at the university. Spanier accuses Frank Fina — who was a deputy attorney general, now in the Philly D.A.’s office — of misbehavior before a grand jury that provided the charges against him.

(Fina and Kane, of course, are currently butting heads over the unrelated — or is it?!?!?!abandoned sting involving Philly Democrats.)

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