One reason Gov. Tom Corbett starts his re-election campaign in such a deep hole, poll-wise, is that there are a whole lot of people in this state who love Penn State — and a whole lot of them are still fans of the late football coach Joe Paterno. A whole lot of them blame Corbett for how Paterno and the university so messily divorced — there is, at the extreme end, this online petition — citing Corbett’s handling of the investigation into Jerry Sandusky to Corbett’s actions as a voting trustee on Penn State’s board. Corbett on Thursday tried to dig his way out of the hole, telling the Associated Press that he had “never” condemned Paterno for failing to report Sandusky — and that he regretted Penn State fired Paterno by phone instead of in person: Read more »
One unexpected result of Kathleen Kane‘s probe into Tom Corbett‘s handling of the Jerry Sandusky investigation is that millions of old emails from the attorney general’s office were discovered — now public records that could prove useful to Pennsylvania defendants appealing their convictions.
While debates over the investigation of Jerry Sandusky will haunt Pennsylvania — and Penn State, in particular — for decades to come, Monday’s release of Kathleen Kane’s probe into the investigation (full report below) that very slowly built to Sandusky’s conviction might put to rest some of the rumors that have dogged participants for years.
Turns out you can’t blame Tom Corbett for dragging his heels on the case. But the case developed slowly, and according to the probe, blame can be spread far and wide: Too often, the right hand didn’t know what the left hand was doing. Based on Monday’s report, here are three places where the system was either slow or less-than-maximally effective in bringing Jerry Sandusky to justice:
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has released the results of her probe in to Tom Corbett’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky case while Corbett served as A.G.
The investigation found no evidence Corbett delayed the investigation into Sandusky — a onetime assistant coach for Penn State football great Joe Paterno, later found to have molested a number or young boys — for political purposes, but the Centre Daily Times says “the investigation did find ‘crucial missteps and inexplicable delays in bringing (Sandusky) a serial child molester to justice.’”
Gov. Tom Corbett has read Attorney General Kathleen Kane’s report on his handling of the Jerry Sandusky case while he was the state’s top prosecutor, but won’t comment on it until it’s released publicly.
No word on when Kane’s report will be officially made public. (AP)
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.
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 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.
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.