Friday, April 18

Response to Joel Mathis' "Let Penn State's Punishment Stand"

Joel Mathis is among many in the media who really don't know the facts about the Sandusky case, but feel compelled to opine about the justness of the NCAA's punishment against PSU.  What Mathis also doesn't know is that his support of the false narrative against PSU keeps PA's children in danger.

By
Ray Blehar

On April 16, 2014, Joel Mathis wrote a blog insisting that the NCAA punishment was just because "something uniquely evil" had developed at Penn State.  Mathis, of course, was rehashing the nonsense that was written in the Freeh Report and then blindly accepted/tweeted the minute it left Freeh's mouth during his grand standing press conference on July 12, 2012.

Mathis then stated that PSU copped a plea and accepted the Consent Decree because:

Why? Because Jerry Sandusky molested young boys. Because important people at Penn State knew about it, eventually. Because they passed the buck out of deference to the football program. And because that allowed Jerry Sandusky to keep molesting young boys. All of which may not violate any particular NCAA rule, but it did undermine the underlying ethos of the NCAA’s enforcement regime: Schools are supposed to have control over their athletics programs, not the other way around. Penn State didn’t. Period.
You could argue that last statement is true to some degree of almost every major college sports program in existence, that the culture of college athletics has grown far beyond its useful boundaries. I wouldn’t dispute that. At Penn State, though, the cancer developed into something uniquely evil. It deserved an equally unique, intense response. Thus the sanctions and the $60 million fine.
After about 75 comments from readers who tended to know a lot more about the case than he did,  Mathis responded with this comment, to which I replied with the hopes of setting the record straight and shifting the focus where it belongs.
Joel Mathis' Comment:
"I'm never sure how much I should engage on this issue. There's a large segment of folks so completely convinced of Penn State's relative innocence in the matter that nothing I can say will persuade anybody of, well, anything.
I will say this: I think it's possible to think that Second Mile also failed in its duties to kids and community without believing that absolves Penn State of anything. I can believe both institutions — and institutions beyond them — failed. Which means that what Jack Raykovitz did or didn't do has no bearing on the topic of NCAA sanctions. Spreading blame is not the same as absolution."
My reply:
I doubt that Joel Mathis has read the Freeh Report cover to cover or has reviewed the evidence that Freeh LEFT OUT of his report. I have done so, and what was left out tells quite a different story.
First, the Commonwealth's child protection agencies failed to protect these kids, starting in 1998 and continuing through 2009. Children were abused at both times WHILE Sandusky was under investigation in 1998 and 2008/2009.
The Public Welfare Code requires the child protective service agencies to work with the charity to put a protection plan in place once a suspect is under investigation. That didn't happen. The trial verdicts and testimony prove that Victim 4 was abused while Sandusky was under investigation in 1998 and that Victim 9 was abused while Sandusky was under investigation in 2008/2009.
Penn State is being punished for being the ONLY institution involved in this case that promptly acted to stop Sandusky's abuse. In 2001, the PSU administration WENT ABOVE the legal requirement when it contacted the Second Mile and informed them of Sandusky's inappropriate conduct. Their ban of Sandusky from PSU's facilities in fact stopped abuse on the campus (according the the evidence in the grand jury presentment). What did Second Mile do with the 2001 report from PSU? NOTHING. Who was mandated to report suspected abuse in 2001? THE SECOND MILE.
In terms of covering up Sandusky's abuse, there is ample evidence on the public record that Second Mile is guilty of this. They learned of the abuse finding against him in late 2008, but despite their claims to the contrary, did not prevent him from contacting children. Victim 9's testimony proves that in the worst way, however, media reports reveal Sandusky had attended the 2010 Second Mile Summer Challenge camp, which served over 500 children and he attended banquets and other activities where children were present. Despite his forced resignation from the charity in Fall 2009, The Second Mile never told the public that Sandusky had lost his clearance to work with children. Even after he publicly retired from the charity in Fall 2010, they kept him involved in fundraising activities.
There is much more to this story than I've written here, but these are the facts that clearly show the state agencies and The Second Mile failed to protect children after they learned of Sandusky's abuse.
The key issue here is that this is NOT an isolated case of the state dropping the ball when it comes to protecting children. Pennsylvania has the lowest rate of investigating child abuse in the U.S. Only 8 in 1,000 cases results in an investigation.
In other words, those who are assuming that the alleged failure of PSU officials to contact DPW in 2001 was the sole factor in enabling Sandusky are sorely mistaken. Given the track record of PA's child protective services, it is more likely the call WAS MADE and ignored.
That is the inconvenient truth that the PA State Government does not want the public to find out.
Sandusky may be in jail, but PA's children are still in danger. They are not being protected by the system.
Unfortunately, failing state agencies don't make headlines or sell newspapers. This is why the media hasn't investigated or publicized the real failures in this case.

Wednesday, April 16

Joe Paterno and Alfred Dreyfus - THE PENN STATE CULTURE

THE DREYFUS AFFAIR REDUX by Joseph A Cattano Ph.D Penn State  

First a reminder:  The Dreyfus Affair, a political scandal that divided France 1894 until its resolution in 1906, is one of the most striking examples of a miscarriage of justice with a major role by media and public opinion. 

THE DREYFUS AFFAIR REDUX   
note: Written a year ago edits made to bring current. 

           Before sharing my thoughts regarding the tragedy that occurred at Penn State University, I will preface my discussion with the necessary statement that children were the tragic victims of harm and a reckless insensitivity by a sexual predator that will stay with them for years.  As a mental health professional who has worked with the victims of sexual abuse, I fully appreciate the scope of emotional issues and he horrid “soul murder” of a child who has experienced sexual abuse.There is no question that those responsible for this tragedy should face both criminal and civil prosecution and be held accountable for their actions.

Tuesday, April 15

Liz Grove: CDT LTE, No More Bewilderment


April 15, 2014
By hook and by crook — and at times by crowbar — we, the people, are prying open the doors of secrecy so carefully sealed by the Nov. 9, 2011, Penn State board of trustees.
In the recent ruling by the Commonwealth Court, President Judge Dan Pellegrini said, “The majority appears to arrive at this outcome because it is bewildered, as I am, by how the Board of Trustees of PSU could have approved ... a Consent Decree involving the expenditure of $60 million of PSU funds when the Consent Decree specifically states that the matter ordinarily would not be actionable by the NCAA.”
Penn State needs new leadership that does not bewilder — leaders strong enough to stand up to the decision-makers from November 2011 who have caused incalculable damage to our community and university.
As we continue to pry open the doors of secrecy surrounding the decisions made in the past two years, the importance of voting for the three alumni-elected trustees is more important than ever.
Please vote for Alice Pope, Bob Jubelirer and Al Lord. Their experience, intelligence, common sense and honesty are what we need to right the wrongs of the past and to guide the future of our university.
ELIZABETH GROVE, STATE COLLEGE


Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2014/04/15/4135647/letter-to-the-editor-no-more-bewilderment.html?sp=/99/145/#storylink=cpy

Monday, April 14

Tom Corbett vs Graham Spanier - THE PENN STATE CULTURE

by Barry Bozeman
FOR THE FUTURE - we must recognize the past. 

The announcement yesterday of the great achievement of the FOR THE FUTURE campaign reminds us of when that campaign began back in April of 2010.

Penn State sets $2 billion goal for campaign to help students

April 23, 2010  University Park, Pa.President Graham Spanier announced that Penn State will aim to secure $2 billion by 2014 to ensure that the University can continue to offer an outstanding education to students from every economic background while benefiting the public through research and service.
 Penn State raises more than $2 billion in For the Future campaign
April 12, 2014 -- Penn State doubled the amount collected in its last 7 year drive, became one of only 12 public universities in the country to exceed $2 billion in a fundraising campaign, and convinced more alumni to donate along the way than in any other campaign in the nation.
Graham Spanier's 16 year tenure as Penn State University just keeps on giving. We have to wonder why it had to stop. A brief history lesson that should be known to all Penn Staters. 


Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2014/04/12/4132588/penn-state-raises-more-than-2.html#storylink=cp
yCorbett defeats Onorato
Corbett defeats Onorato
November 3, 2010  -- Pennsylvania is open for business: That’s the message governor-elect Tom Corbett emphasized in his acceptance speech Tuesday night after opponent Dan Onorato conceded the race.  A 1971 graduate of Lebanon Valley College, Corbett went to St. Mary’s Law School 
March 8, 2011 -- Penn State and other Pennsylvania public universities are slated for the most dramatic appropriation cut in the history of American higher education, based on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's budget proposal released today (March 8) by Gov. Tom Corbett.
The budget cuts Penn State's appropriation by 52.4 percent, a devastating reduction of $182 million. This includes a 50 percent cut in Penn State's educational appropriation, a 50 percent cut in its Agricultural Research and Cooperative Extension appropriations, the loss of all federal stimulus dollars, a reduction for the Pennsylvania College of Technology, and the total elimination of medical assistance funding for the Penn State Hershey Medical Center.
 The proposed appropriation represents the most severe funding cut in Penn State’s 157-year history and suggests a redefinition of Penn State's role as Pennsylvania’s land-grant institution.
 Spanier: 'Abraham Lincoln Is Weeping' as Corbett Pushes Penn State Cuts
March 09, 2011 -- Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed budget would move Penn State "substantially" toward privatization and signal "near-total abandonment" of state support for public higher education in Pennsylvania, university President Graham Spanier said Wednesday. "Public higher education is not just a private good. It is a public good that benefits all society,"  Spanier opened in part by declaring that "Abraham Lincoln is weeping today," a reference to the Morrill Act of 1862. The act, signed by then-President Lincoln, fostered the creation of land-grant institutions -- including Penn State -- to expand the availability to higher education for the non-elite.
NOV 1 2012 -- Former Penn State president Graham Spanier says he's not guilty of the cover-up charges he faces in the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal, and he is accusing the governor of trying to settle a personal score. Spanier's lawyers say facts don't support the charges, and claim Corbett is behind what they call a politically motivated frame-up. The charges are the result of Gov. Tom Corbett trying to divert attention from the three-year investigation into Sandusky that began when the governor was attorney general. Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley says Spanier's statement "sounds like the ranting of a desperate man who just got indicted."
January 31, 2013 -- Pennsylvania’s new attorney general is set to name a special prosecutor in the coming days to investigate Gov. Tom Corbett’s handling of the case, specifically why nearly three years elapsed before criminal charges were brought.:
The Inside Scoop from Sources at Penn State

At Saturday's Penn State Blue and White spring game, Graham Spanier was seen with Sue and Jay Paterno. Fans attending the first public outing of new head coach James Franklin's Penn State football team flocked to the trio, shaking hands and asking to have their pictures taken with the group. That is the way things should be in State College, where legendary Joe Paterno's wife and son and the 16-year former President together greet fans, alumni, and students representing a legacy of Success with Honor.  Yes, that's the way it should be and, in some ways, that's how it is, but a very large cloud hangs over this pleasant spring event in State College and over these leaders who did so much to shape Penn State.  

Two men are primarily responsible for that cloud that covers and confuses what should be. One, an old assistant football coach from well over a decade in the past, sits in a prison cell. The other, a man who never attended Penn State, sits in the Governor's office.  

Flashback to this same stadium on a game day in October, 2010. Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Don Onorato, arrived at the stadium and had a chance encounter with President Graham Spanier, when he entered the elevator taking dignitaries to the special suites above the stands. Someone saw Spanier and Onorato in that elevator and reported it to Republican candidate Tom Corbett. 

President Graham Spanier's expressed policy was to never endorse or support any political candidate for state office. Spanier's office would send  notice of that policy to every campaign, stating that Penn State would welcome candidates on campus and at sporting events and even entertain candidates for Governor in the President's suite, where Onorato was scheduled to be that day. Visits would be scheduled on an equal time basis and  Corbett was scheduled for the following week. Evidently Corbett  failed to understand the policy that day. 

Corbett, reportedly, was enraged over the two men in the elevator -- telling several people attending the game in a corporate suite that one of his first acts as Governor would be to "get a new PSU President."  In that one campaign promise, Corbett succeeded -- but at what cost to Penn State? 

We are left to wonder which interests were represented in that corporate suite. It certainly wasn't education in Pennsylvania. This Governor evidently despises educators, given his budget-slashing at record levels. 

The score at the Blue - White game isn't important -- those Penn Staters are all on the same team. But the financial scoreboard at Penn State should be important. In that contest, Graham Spanier is way out in the plus column, while Corbett is down in deficit hell. Graham Spanier served Penn State with honor and integrity for 16 years and his insight in November, 2011, should have been followed.. But the interests controlling the BOT decided against Spanier and for Corbett. 

Siding with Corbett and Surma led to $300 million or more in losses to Penn State in settlements, sanctions, and penalties. If the BOT had taken the intelligent course outlined by Graham Spanier in this post, Joel Myers vs Graham Spanier The PENN STATE CULTURE, we would be waiting for the courts to adjudicate the Curley, Schultz and Spanier cases to determine the legal liability of Penn State in the Sandusky Scandal. Tom Corbett made the Sandusky Scandal into the Penn State Scandal, and the BOT caved in to his petty, vindictive attack. The costs associated with Corbett's attack and the BOT's weak-kneed complicity has yet to be fully resolved. 

Tom Corbett or Graham Spanier -- which man had the best interests of Penn State at heart? One controls your Board of Trustees -- the other awaits trial on absurd conspiracy charges. We are left to ponder the impact of that elevator ride and Corbett's drive to deprive Penn State of millions in funding on the decision to indict Penn State administrators including Graham Spanier. The clear evidence that the Attorney General purposely altered the date of the false McQueary claim in order to clear the statute of limitations is a definite cause for concern.   

Friday, April 11

Joel Myers vs Graham Spanier - THE PENN STATE CULTURE

by Barry Bozeman

Saturday April 11, 2014, In an article on State College dot com, Joel Myers is credited with the following remarks:
"..... three former Penn State administrators, including former President Graham Spanier currently face criminal charges for allegedly trying to cover-up the Sandusky scandal. The board decided to terminate Spanier in the wake of the scandal. 
Joel Myers says Graham Spanier had too much authority at Penn State. 
"Here we had a situation where the board had to act over a couple of days and it became obvious Graham Spanier hadn't kept the board informed," Myers says. "Graham Spanier had a lot of authority, he had in retrospect far too much. ... Obviously he didn't keep the board informed with things they should know about." 
In response, Lubrano challenged Myers, saying the board should be held responsible for allowing Paterno and Spanier to have too much power. Myers argued the board took responsibility with its actions to remove Paterno and Spanier as well as moves to reform the communication and organizational models of the board and administration."
These remarks come along with his justification for the firing of Joe Paterno -- a subject this website has covered in copious detail. Everything that we need to know about Joe's correct and appropriate action has been discussed in great detail repeatedly. We have been remiss in not considering Graham Spanier's role in what happened at Penn State.

It is our contention that, had the Board followed Dr. Spanier's lead, Penn State would be in a far better position today -- morally, ethically, and financially.  Dr. Spanier did two things about which we are certain:  1) He told John Surma that firing Joe Paterno would be a terrible mistake; and 2) He publicly announced his full support of AD Tim Curley and VP Gary Schultz.


Graham Spanier with Joe Paterno
Spanier called the allegations against Sandusky "troubling" and added that Curley and Schultz had his unconditional support.  He predicted they would be exonerated.  "I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years," Spanier said. "I have complete confidence in how they handled the allegations..." 

Despite knowing the personal risk Spanier did the right thing - and the BOT fired him for it while Corbett's AG indicted him.

2 1/2 years later, those comments appear to have been absolutely appropriate. 

By contrast, the Board (including Joel Myers) acted in a panic, driven by a media tsunami that was set off by the lies contained in then-Attorney General Linda Kelly's Presentment. The Presentment contained the fabrication that Mike McQueary saw a boy "being subjected to anal intercourse" and told Joe Paterno, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz exactly that. The Board reacted based on those lies and that media pressure. When the Trustees fired Joe and Graham, they sent a message to the world that the Penn State Board believed these key employees to be guilty. That act signaled the world,that the Trustees accepted liability on behalf of the University for the crimes of Jerry Sandusky -- a man who had not been employed by PSU for 11 years. 

Thursday, April 10

Alice Pope's Statement - SMSS Supports ALICE POPE for 2014 Board of Trustees

SMSS offers our support for PENN STATE BOARD OF TRUSTEES CANDIDATES who assure us that they intend to stand up for the best interests of Penn State, unlike the compromised and conflicted BOT members of Nov 9, 2011. We cannot "move on" without addressing the damage done and holding accountable those who failed in their fiduciary duty to Penn State. I give you the statement of ALICE POPE, who is such a candidate.

Alice Pope is endorsed by PS4RS, Reform Members of the BOT Lubrano, Doran, Oldsey and Brown, and Franco & Dana Harris.



ALICE POPE - 2014 Candidate for Penn State Board of Trustees


I am a 3-time Penn State alumna, with bachelors (1979), masters (1983), and doctorate (1986) degrees in psychology.  I have held faculty appointments for the past 25 years in public and private universities.  The Penn State board currently has no faculty as trustees.  I will bring the perspective of a career educator who is familiar with the challenges facing higher education today, and will ensure that Penn State’s education mission is prioritized in decision-making


I ask for your support based on my record of thoughtful, principled, and constructive activism in response to the board’s errors.  I have worked effectively outside the board; now I am ready to serve Penn State as a trustee. In particular, I have:
1.  Regularly attended committee and full BOT meetings.  I have commented at meetings; have communicated with trustees to voice my opinion; I have connected with alumni who attend meetings. 
2.  Written 11 op-eds and other opinion pieces in Pennsylvania newspapers.  These works have made me a recognized voice of alumni who are concerned with promoting effective governance and with responding to the profound weaknesses of the Freeh report.  Please see my website  to read my published work.
3. Conducted research and written position papers in collaboration with other alumni in support of governance reform.  These reports have been used by our progressive PSU trustees and by state legislators to guide their efforts to make the BOT more effective, transparent, and efficient.
4.  Met with Pennsylvania senators and have formed effective working relationships with several who support PSU board reform.
5.  Used social media to lead actions.  We have generated letter-writing campaigns to PSU trustees and to state legislators in support of governance reforms.
6.  Attended hearings and press conferences in the Capitol on PSU governance reform.  I have also helped to organize attendance by PSU alumni at these events to show the strength of our numbers.

Wednesday, April 9

CORBETT, SURMA, FRAZIER, TOMALIS & BALDWIN - UNCOMMONLY CLEAR CONFLICTS OF INTEREST PART 1 A

Eight days after the Nov 9, 2011 firing of Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier, Corbett, Frazier, Surma, Garban, and Balwin had Louis Freeh in place as the "INDEPENDENT" executioner for Penn State demanding complete collusion with Attorney General of Pennsylvania Linda Kelly.  
"The hiring of Louis Freeh is synonymous with an institution paying $6.5 million to concoct evidence supporting its own guilt and liability. Why would any institution in its right mind fund such an effort? It's insanity, clearly demonstrating the conflicted interests that are the point of this article. The Freeh insanity depicts Penn State as a schizophrenic trying to convict itself of a crime imagined in the fevered mind of its own alter-ego, the Board of Trustees." 
In Part I CORBETT & SURMA - UNCOMMONLY COMPLETE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
the roots of the damaging decisions of the Board of Trustees were exposed, showing why Corbett, Surma and Corbett's appointees should have recused themselves from the Nov 9th meeting that resulted in the termination of President Spanier and Joe Paterno.

Although I have followed these events very closely since Linda Kelly's Presentment drew my interest on Nov 5, 2011; I was very surprised to find the enclosed documents among the 300 made available by Ryan Bagwell. They verify the 8 day timeline and actually confirm the effort to restrict the special investigation group to a tightly controlled Cobett conflicted few. 


If you want further confirmation that the events of Nov 9, 2011 were a well-planned and executed strategy on the part of the Attorney General turned Governor Tom Corbett and his willing Joe hating partner John Surma, then take a quick look at this timeline. Have you ever seen any sizable governing body move this quickly?


TIMELINE  NOV 5, 2011 Penn State stands accused at the moment Linda Kelly decides to put equal sized posters of AD Tim Curley and VP Gary Schultz on her Presentment stage along side of a poster of Jerry Sandusky,  There was simply no equivalence involved in the crimes of which they are accused thus the display was part of a strategy to anchor a narrative of PSU enabling Sandusky's abuse.

The verifiable LIE in that presentment; that Mike McQueary saw a boy being "subjected to anal rape" on the Penn State campus was tied to Curley and Schultz in another LIE - that McQueary told this to Joe Paterno and then to the two PSU administrators.  Those lies created the media tsunami that made Penn State the equal villain in the public eye.

Monday, April 7

CORBETT & SURMA - UNCOMMONLY COMPLETE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

WHO REPRESENTED PENN STATE'S BEST INTERESTS IN NOV. 2011?

PART ONE - THE MAJOR CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

“In general, the most conventional form of a conflict of interest involves money—typically, an institutional decision maker has some kind of financial stake in the outcome of the decision.  A conflict can also arise when the decision maker has a non-monetary stake in the outcome of a decision—for example, a personal relationship, prestige, or career advancement.” 

by Barry Bozeman


Tom Corbett Embarrassed Trustee
Tom Corbett served as Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 2004 until he assumed office as Governor on January 18, 2011.

The Governor is automatically placed on the Penn State Board of Trustees. He also appoints six (6) members, in addition to his choices for PA Secretaries of Education, Conservation, and Agriculture, who sit on the Board along with a non-voting personal representative. This block of Trustees depends on the Governor for their positions, effectively making him the single most powerful presence in both voting power and influence.


Six (6) members of the Board are known as Business and Industry Trustees. These members are "self -selected" by an arcane procedure far from being transparent or apparent to those outside the process. Another six (6) members of the Board are known as Agriculture Trustees, who are selected through a county-by-county vote of the Commonwealth's agricultural societies (i.e., the PA Grange and the PA Farm Bureau).  We will discuss the business relationships of most of these members and the influence the Governor holds over them in our next installment.

Nine (9) members are elected by Alumni, the most independent and democratically selected group. That's only 9 members to attempt to balance 11 of the Governor's directly controlled members plus 6 each from Business & Industry and from Agriculture.

The elected Trustees include Joel Myers, CEO of Accuweather, and Jesse Arnelle, an attorney, who both serve now as they did in 2011 -- when they supported the disastrous decisions on November 9th. In addition, Cynthia Baldwin -- the Penn State attorney who sat in on the Grand Jury testimonies of Tim Curley, Gary Schultz, and Graham Spanier and who "claims" she was representing Penn State even though she gave them the impression she was representing them -- is an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees. There are 19 non-voting Emeritus Trustees. 

President Graham Spanier was the 33rd member of the Board on Nov 9, 2011, and the only board member who spoke out in defense of Penn State when he urged fellow members to stand behind Coach Paterno, Tim Curley, and Gary Schultz. Thus, Graham Spanier was the only member who stood publicly for what was right; and they fired him for it, in large part due to Tom Corbett's personal animosity for this political opponent.


Graham Spanier with Joe Paterno
A statement from Spanier called the allegations against Sandusky "troubling" and added that Curley and Schultz had his unconditional support.  He predicted they will be exonerated. "I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years," Spanier said. "I have complete confidence in how they handled the allegations......" 
As of today, the trials of Curley, Schultz, and Spanier seem to be on indefinite hold, as the Commonwealth's case appears to be falling apart.  


Thursday, April 3

Part 3: What Corbett and Fina should fear about Kane's Sandusky probe

Corbett and Fina's foot-dragging led to continued abuse of Victim 9, but there was more misconduct than just delaying the arrest of Sandusky.

By
Ray Blehar

Governor Corbett
In Part 2 of this series, I revealed that the foot-dragging in the Sandusky case led to the continued victimization of Victim 9.  In addition, I stated that it was highly probable that there were other victims in Lock Haven and at Central Mountain High School (CMHS) that should have resulted in an immediate arrest of Sandusky.  I will touch on CMHS a bit more, then move on to other potential areas of misconduct, but first a word from Governor Tom Corbett.

According to Governor Tom Corbett, former OAG prosecutor Frank Fina should have nothing to fear about Kathleen Kane's investigation of the Sandusky investigation.  As Corbett pounded the podium at a July 2012 press conference, he exclaimed that he was tired of hearing about what took so long for the successful prosecution and a "monster was taken off the streets."  They had successfully convicted Sandusky on 45 of 48 counts.

As Governor Corbett should know, sometimes the result is undermined by how you got to it.  In math class, you had to show your work on how you got the answer and it appears that Corbett doesn't want ANYONE to "show the work" in the Sandusky case.

As it turns out -- there was quite a lot wrong with, not just the work, but even with the result.



40 vs. 400

Why was it that the OAG decided on a 40 counts in November 2011, rather than 400 counts?  

Back in January 2011, former State Police Corporal Joseph Leiter told the mother of Victim 6 that there was enough evidence for 400 counts and that they had less evidence in murder cases.  Unless Leiter was lying, there had to be more than two victims up until that point.  

According to information on the public record, there were allegedly just two victims in November 2010 -- Aaron Fisher and the unknown Victim 2.  The Victim 2 case was a single incident involving five counts.  Therefore, either Aaron Fisher's abuse could substantiate 395 counts on its own or there were more victims that we hadn't heard about.  

Smart money is on the latter.

 NBC's Rock Center featured an interview with another boy from Lock Haven who stated he was not abused, but was in contact with Sandusky from 1997-2003.  Using 1997 as a starting point, the math shows that Sandusky had been interacting with children in the Lock Haven area for about 11 years before Fisher reported him for abuse.  According to Fisher's trial testimony, troopers Cavanaugh and Akers told him in December 2008 that "he was not alone" and that there were other victims.  Similarly, trooper Scott Rossman also told Fisher about other victims (see Commonwealth v. Sandusky, 6-12-2012, page 77) in June of 2009.  

Sandusky became a volunteer assistant football coach at Central Mountain High School in the Fall of 2003, thus he had access to children not only through his work at Second Mile, but through coaching.   Based on a study by "Abel, et al, of 377 non-incarcerated, non-incest-related pedophiles...(the) average, homosexual pedophile had abused 150.2 children and committed 281.7 acts."
 From this information, the odds favor Sandusky abusing more than just one child (Fisher) at CMHS and far more children than the 17 that were listed by the OAG as accusers in the Sandusky case. 

As I noted in this blogpost, the fact that Sandusky dropped his appeal to DPW in February 2009 is yet another indicator that other victims had come forward.  It would seem rather easy for a pillar of the community like Sandusky to win an appeal against a single, unconvincing victim.  Sandusky's dropping his appeal would have come about because the police had found other victims.  If what I have written so far is true, then the OAG could have charged Sandusky almost immediately, publicized the arrest, and in so doing, put out a call for more victims to come forward.  

If we play out this scenario, and Corbett and the OAG bring 400 counts, it would have been a rather insurmountable case for Sandusky to fight and probably would have resulted in a plea deal. Why wouldn't Corbett and the OAG wanted to go this route?


Perhaps because they wanted a "circus" trial -- more on that later.

Monday, March 31

Tweets of Highlights of Bagwell emails 180-297


  1. Highlights of emails 180-297 include:

    #288 - uncertainty of the threat of the death penalty
    #279 - Ed Ray stating PSU was never in a "take it or leave it" situation
    #258 - the shut down of the "Task Force" two days after Freeh Report was released
    #255 - Corbett podium pounding mad over questions about Sandusky investigation
    #253 - On July 10, the Freeh Report appears on agenda with little warning (note that the last official notice of a Briefing Call for the Task Force was on 4/4/12)
    #204 - Frazier mentions "culture" issue on 5/4/2012

    Tweets

  2. . EM #294&295 10/31/12 Fina emails Paw to give him heads up on Conspiracy of Silence presentment
  3. . EM#293 8/13/12 notes that Schultz will have access to all of Freeh's supporting docs, e-mails, interviews, etc.
  4. . EM#289 PA Aud Gen Jack Wagner reccos that PSU come under Right-To-Know laws. PSU fighting
  5. . EM#288 on 7/25 BOT says PSU was "likely facing" death penalty. LIKELY? Hmmmm.