Over the past few months, Penn State University has reached settlements with 26 victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
I greatly respect judges. And, I feel sympathy for judges. They have a very difficult job.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 was a bright, cold, sunny day as I prepared to depart State College, Pennsylvania, the home of Penn State football, after participating the evening before in a really interesting and wide-ranging panel discussion; an exploration of the problems this University is facing, and continues to face, before 200 people. The program was called, “Integrity in Times of Crisis.”
We understand that Joe Paterno’s wife, Sue Paterno, and his family believe that the former Penn State coach’s legacy was wrongly tarnished by the NCAA and the media.
Last week’s release of the investigative report of the Penn State – Jerry Sandusky scandal has brought into clear focus the value of independent investigations, a topic my partner Dan Purdom addressed not long ago in this space. Although the Freeh report wasn’t free by any means, costing the university $2.5 million, it is a model of its genre. Apologists for Joe Paterno have tried to find faults in the report, but its clarity, thoroughness and objectivity are undeniable.
There are few in the nation who are not aware of the sex abuse scandal in connection with Pennsylvania State University, which began to be revealed in 2011, and in particular the allegations against Gerald A. (“Jerry”) Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at the university and an officer in a non-profit organization known as The Second Mile.
Jerry Sandusky, the assistant coach and friend to recently deceased Penn State coach Joe Paterno starts his criminal trial on June 11. The allegations are quite serious (“Jerry Sandusky trial: 4 of 9 jurors so far have ties to Penn State” by Michael Muskal):
Sandusky, 68, is charged with 52 counts of abusing 10 boys over 15 years. He is accused of abusing boys from the Second Mile, the charity he founded for at-risk children.
Three weeks after receiving a Federal Grand Jury subpoena, and as part of its new campaign for openness, Penn State officials posted on the school website Friday, a brief blurb acknowledging receipt of the subpoena, a copy of the subpoena and the cover letter accompanying the subpoena.