And they just got Sanduskied.
And they just got Sanduskied.
Poor O'Brien. He's so ****ed.
I've now seen it all. That is Franco Harris and his sign.
Great show on Costas on NBC Sports. Joe Posnanski has written a book about Paterno and was on. JoePo had unlimited access to Paterno during the whole mess. JoePo is one of the best writers on the planet and Costas certainly brought his A game to this one. Good viewing.
I guess the whole "you don't become a child sex predator in your 50's" assertion by Penn Staters was right. Sandusky has been at it for much longer than they realized. Wonder if any of the pedo ring masters were donors to both Second Mile and Penn State.
Jerry Sandusky Implicated in Child Prostitution Ring
College Football, Penn State Scandal Ty Duffy September 20th. 2012, 3:10pm
A former child prostitute has implicated Jerry Sandusky in a 1970s child prostitution ring. Greg Bucceroni, 48, told the New York Daily News he was brought to a Second Mile fundraiser by another high-profile pedophile Ed Savitz to engage in “child prostitution” with Jerry Sandusky in 1979. Instead, he ended up with Phil Foglietta, a New York youth football coach accused of **** and molestation by several minors.“(Between) 1977-1980 I was a child prostitute associated with a tri-state (NYC-NJ-PA) pedophile ring. (During the) summer of 1979 I was brought to the State College area by Ed Savitz for the purpose of child prostitution with Jerry Sandusky at a Second Mile fundraiser,” Bucceroni wrote in the email. “Due to time constraints, Sandusky became unavailable and I was introduced to Phil Foglietta by Ed Savitz & Jerry Sandusky. Foglietta was introduced to us as Coach Phil who coached youth football in NYC. Foglietta agreed to pay $200.00 for child sex and followed us back to a Philadelphia hotel, myself (sic)ad another child prostitute then engaged coach Phil in child sex.”Bucceroni claims he had paperwork filled out to join the Second Mile in 1980, but was not enrolled after a falling out with Savitz.
Savitz, a Philadelphia businessman described as “an eager saver of hundreds of trash bags filled with feces-smeared boys’ underwear and smelly gym socks,” died of AIDS in 1993. Foglietta died in 1998.
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Mike McQueary, the former wide receivers coach for the Penn St. Nittany Lions, was a key witness who testified about Jerry Sandusky's alleged actions in the PSU locker room in 2001. After McQueary came forward as a witness in the case, he received death threats and was placed on administrative leave by the university.
Mike Dawson of the Centre Daily Times reports that McQueary has filed a notice of intent to sue Penn State. The notice is for a civil suit and was filed in county court on Tuesday.
The details of the lawsuit are unknown, although the assumption is that it is a whistleblower suit: McQueary, who was on staff as a wide receivers coach at Penn State when news of the scandal broke, was not retained in that role when his contract expired in the spring. While many other former Penn State employees and administrators had their legal fees paid for by the school, McQueary has received no such considerations. Pennsylvania's whistleblower law would prevent the school from firing him for reporting misconduct.
The 37-year-old played quarterback under Joe Paterno and Sandusky, and was hired to the staff in 2004, two years after he claimed he witnessed Sandusky sexually abusing a child in a Penn State locker room. After his name became associated with the scandal, he was put on indefinite paid administrative leave from his role as an assistant coach due to threats against him. McQueary was the only direct witness to Sandusky's crimes to come forth and testify in court.
Wow this is going to be a never ending story looks like. I'am doubtful Penitentiary State will ever fully recover from such a h-anus act. No pun intended
They pick up the lawsuit on ESPN, but not the child **** ring. There must be some pretty important people up to their necks in little boy's asses.
Deserves every ****ing penny.
His life as he knew it was permanently altered and his career is dead. For being the only one to stand up too. The guy is going after his "career earnings" figure. He should go higher, some seriously aggressive punitive monies.
Got 30-60 years. Just came down.
Sandusky's co-counsel Karl Rominger bought drinks for Penn State students on the eve of the trial verdict. He told students that Sandusky wouldn't last long in prison, and that he stood a 50/50 chance of winning his appeal. He was disappointed that only one female student showed up at the bar, and was quoted as saying, " You college students are cheap dates...I gotta go find a hooker."
Graham Spanier, former PSU pres, charged with perjury and obstruction. Sounds like they threw the book at him.http://onwardstate.com/2012/11/01/sk...d-obstruction/The eight charges are listed below:
■Perjury 3rd degree felony
■Endangering Welfare of Children 3rd degree felony
■Endangering Welfare of Children 3rd degree felony
■Obstruction of Administrative Law 2nd degree misdemeanor
■Conspiracy Obstruction of Administrative Law 2nd degree misdemeanor
■Failure to Report 2nd degree misdemeanor
■Conspiracy Perjury 3rd degree felony
■Conspiracy Endangering Welfare of Children
I read an article yesterday that Sandusky was sentenced to hard time at an institution with hardened criminals, including death row murderers.
The bad news is that he will spend his time in protective custody, so no one will be able to get at him.
DeadSpin guide to the charges http://updates.deadspin.com/post/347...ium=socialflow
Sorry for the wall of text
Here’s a rundown of the grand jury presentment:
• In February 2001, approximately seven to 10 days after former PSU assistant football coach Mike McQueary witnessed Sandusky abusing a boy in a PSU football building shower, McQueary met with Curley and Schultz to describe the incident to them. McQueary has testified repeatedly that he made it clear to both men that what he conveyed was “extremely sexual.” But at that meeting, Curley and Schultz allegedly asked no questions. That incident, of course, was not reported to police or child welfare authorities.
• A subpoena of Penn State issued in December 2010 was not fulfilled until April 2012 even though it was due in January 2011. Cynthia Baldwin, the PSU legal counsel at the time, told Spanier, Curley, and Schultz to comply, but all three told her they had no information relative to the subpoena. A “handful of documents” with no relevance to Sandusky’s crimes was turned over by January 2011. Unknown to Baldwin, however, was that Schultz had kept a secret file on Sandusky’s 1998 and 2001 cases.
• When Schultz was arrested last November, that secret file he allegedly kept on Sandusky was allegedly still in his office in a file drawer. He then allegedly directed his administrative assistant to retrieve it and bring it to his home. That assistant made a copy for herself, but she initially lied to “university representatives” when questioned about it.
• Schultz’s former administrative assistant, who retired in 2005, “testified that she was instructed by Schultz to never ‘look in’ the ‘Sandusky’ file he kept in his bookcase file drawer. She said it was a very unusual request and was made in a ‘tone of voice’ she had never heard him use before.”
• The athletic department never conducted a search in order to comply with the subpoena, even though Sandusky had worked there for 30 years. A subsequent investigation finally done after Sandusky’s arrest turned up more than 20 boxes of materials that were used during his criminal trial.
• Penn State’s IT staff was never informed of the subpoena, even though the university has a procedure in place to do so. Emails that turned up in the Freeh report were discovered with the help of the IT staff after Sandusky’s arrest.
• Baldwin, who was present for Curley’s and Schultz’s grand jury testimony in January 2011 at Spanier’s direction, said Spanier “required specific updates and regularly checked with” her for details about the grand jury investigation.
• As Sara Ganim wrote back in February, what was Baldwin doing at Curley’s and Schultz’s grand jury appearances if she wasn’t personally representing either man?
• Best to quote this directly: “Spanier also pressed Baldwin for information about [Joe] Paterno’s contacts with investigators and the Grand Jury. When she informed Spanier that Paterno had acquired his own lawyer who was not affiliated with the University, Spanier seemed disturbed and questioned why Paterno would not use the University’s legal counsel. He also questioned Baldwin, on a number of occasions, about what she knew or could discover regarding the information Paterno was providing to authorities.”
• During today’s press conference, Pennsylvania attorney general Linda Kelly declined to speculate whether Paterno would have been charged if were he still alive.
• Baldwin testified that she repeatedly told Spanier (at one point in writing) he could discuss the investigation and his testimony, but Spanier continued to tell the board of trustess he was bound by the grand jury’s secrecy rules—even in April 2011, after the board became aware of the grand jury investigation because Ganim had written her initial story about it.
• Another item best directly quoted: “Legal counsel Baldwin testified that Spanier repeatedly informed her and others that he knew nothing about the 1998 activities of Sandusky or the University police investigation of Sandusky. However, as time went on, she observed that Spanier’s discussions about the 1998 episode seemed increasingly detailed and knowledgable.”
• At an executive session of the PSU board in May 2011, Baldwin provided an overview of grand jury procedures, after which she believed Spanier would provide an update on the various subpoenas regarding Sandusky the university received. But after Baldwin gave her overview, Spanier asked her to leave the room, which “stunned” her. With Baldwin no longer present, Spanier went on tell the board the investigation had nothing to do with Penn State. He did not discuss the matter with the board again until November 2011, after Sandusky, Curley, and Schultz were charged.
Indictment of ex-Penn State president reveals disturbing details of how PSU dealt with Sandusky
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Almost exactly one year after indicting Jerry Sandusky, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, the states attorney general, Linda Kelly, both extended and tightened her noose Thursday with bold new criminal charges backed by sickening new information.
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was indicted by a grand jury on eight counts of perjury, obstruction and endangering welfare of children after escaping charges a year ago. Additional charges of felony obstruction, conspiracy and endangerment were also filed against both Curley and Schultz, who are still awaiting trial on perjury and failure to report a crime. Graham Spanier, pictured with Joe Paterno in Oct. 2011, faces eight criminal charges. (AP)
As for Joe Paterno, the legendary football coach also in the middle of the 2001 decision to not turn Sandusky over to authorities, Kelly offered no comment on whether he would've been indicted. He's dead.
"That's the end of it," Kelly said at a noon media conference.
For everyone else, the horror story continues, the new charges and details laid out in a pounding 59-page grand jury "Presentment of Facts" which should produce fresh outrage over the potential cover-up of Sandusky's acts.
"This was not a mistake, an oversight or a misjudgment," Kelly said. "This was a conspiracy of silence by top officials at Penn State, working to actively conceal the truth, with total disregard to the suffering of children."
[Related: War of words between governor, Spanier]
The new information is almost as disturbing to read as Sandusky's initial acts. Kelly always maintained the case was an ongoing investigation and said additional documents and witnesses came forward over the last year. That included material from Penn State, which she said was non-compliant to requests and a subpoena until after the initial indictments were handed down, Spanier and company were removed from power and the school's board of trustees demanded all employees comply with the investigation.
"The grand jury issued a subpoena in December 2010 but pertinent emails and other key evidence were never turned over until April 2012, after these men had left their jobs," Kelly said.
That includes obvious non-compliance with subpoena 1179, half-hearted searches for any documents involving Sandusky including not going through files in the athletic department, where he worked for decades and Spanier's blatant mischaracterizations to employees, board of trustee members and eventually a grand jury about his knowledge of the situation, most of it refuted by testimony from his own university attorney.
If you thought the Penn State part of the Sandusky scandal was bad, it just got worse. And any closure Monday's one-year anniversary of the initial indictments might bring have been reopened.
Spanier, through an attorney, declared his innocence and claimed these charges were a politically motivated attempt by Gov. Tom Corbett to take focus away from Corbett's slow perusal of the case when he was attorney general. Kelly, the attorney general, is a lame duck not seeking re-election next week and says the timing is based on the conclusion of the grand jury.
Jerry Sandusky is serving a 30-60 year prison sentence. (Reuters) Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, is in prison for at least 30 years, convicted in June for sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He was transferred Wednesday to a supermax facility in the southwest part of the state where he'll serve out his time in what is essentially solitary confinement. He plans on appealing his conviction, according to his attorney.
This case revolves around the decision to not turn Sandusky over to proper authorities after assistant coach Mike McQueary came forward in February 2001 telling first Paterno and then Schultz and Curley that he saw Sandusky in an otherwise empty Penn State locker room shower in an "extreme sexual position" with a young boy. Spanier was included on an email chain discussing what should be done.
Sandusky was investigated in 1998 by local police after a State College boy said he was lured into the showers and Sandusky hugged and rubbed his naked body on him from behind. No charges were filed but the grand jury believed an allegation of similar conduct by an unrelated, and in this case adult witness should have been treated seriously.
Instead Sandusky remained free for an additional decade where he continued to abuse children, sometimes on the Penn State campus where he retained access to athletic facilities, the football locker room and football games. Children identified at Sandusky's trial as Victims Nos. 1, 3, 5 and 9 were all abused during this period of silence. Civil attorneys say they have identified additional victims who may file suit against Penn State.
[Related: Jerry Sandusky to reside in maximum security prison]
The grand jury appeared stunned by the differing ways that Schultz, Curley and Spanier dealt with the 1998 and 2001 allegations. In the first case, the boy and his father went directly to the police, meaning Penn State officials could only monitor developments. And monitor they did. Schultz, who oversaw the university police department, was in nearly constant contact with his police chief, Tom Harmon, over the situation and the two had extensive discussions about Sandusky even though the case was being handled by local, non-university police. They met within 36 hours of the initial charge and over the course of a month, Schultz took extensive notes, discussing the likelihood of genital contact between Sandusky and the boy and wondering in print, "is this opening of Pandora's box? Other children?"
Schultz kept Curley and Spanier updated throughout in a constant flurry of emails. It was common for Spanier to be informed of high-profile crimes that might reach media attention, according to staff testimony. While one email from Curley said he spoke to "the coach" there is no certainty that he meant Paterno since many emails often used purposefully vague terms. In 1998, however, Sandusky was still employed as defensive coordinator. It's difficult to imagine Paterno wasn't told.
When a local district attorney declined to charge Sandusky, his police report "was not filed under a typical criminal investigation, but was rather assigned an Administrative number. That would make the report very difficult to locate unless someone specifically knew identifiers of the case." This, numerous police agreed, was highly unusual.
On Feb. 10, 2001, McQueary came to Paterno's home and told him what he saw.
Mike McQueary came forward in Feb. 2001, telling PSU officials what he saw. (AP)
"Paterno informed the grand jury that McQueary described Sandusky fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy in the Lasch Building showers," the presentment reads. The next day, a Sunday, Paterno told Schultz and Curley about what McQueary said he saw.
The action here was strikingly different. In the first case the victim of a crime went to the cops. In the second case a witness to a crime went to Paterno. With police not already investigating, the administrators had time to plot a course. Schultz, the indictment alleges, "almost immediately called" Wendell Courtney of the McQuaide Blasko Law Firm which does extensive work as an outside counsel for the school. That decision suggests he was aware of the severity of the situation.
Courtney billed Penn State for 2.9 hours of work that Sunday. The reasoning according to the bill: "Conference with G Schultz re reporting of suspected child abuse; Legal research re same; Conference with G Schultz."
On Feb. 12, Schultz called Chief Harmon and asked about the status of the paperwork from 1998 Sandusky investigation. Namely was it still around and thus potentially discoverable. Harmon emailed back later that it was still there. Schultz never mentioned the new allegation of criminal sexual conduct on campus to his own chief of police.
It took an astounding seven to 10 days for Curley and Schultz to even bother speaking with McQueary to get his story directly. Even then, according to the presentment, the meeting lasted just 15 minutes and neither Curley nor Schultz asked a single question.
In the meantime Curley, Schultz and Spanier were in contact via email about how to approach the situation and whether to alert child welfare. Most of these emails, including Curley seemingly changing course after a meeting with Paterno and Spanier claiming discussing things with Sandusky directly was the more "humane" way, have been reported extensively.
They are no less painful to read in this context.
Later, when the three-year grand jury investigation began, the administrators were no less cooperative. They ignored major parts of a subpoena, offered little to no information and appeared most concerned about protecting themselves. Even after the trio, and Paterno, knew Sandusky was under investigation and each man had testified to the grand jury, Sandusky still maintained access to Penn State facilities and brought children, dubbed "guests," to football games.
It was revealed at Sandusky's June trial that he and his wife, Dottie, sat in a Beaver Stadium luxury box at a game, Paterno's last, the week before the Nov. 2011 indictment.
Then there was Schultz maintaining a folder in his office labeled "Sandusky" which he instructed one of his administrative assistants through the years to "never look" inside. On the day of his indictment, he had the file removed from his office and brought to his home.
Joe Paterno's influence over the administrators factored in alleged
The entire web laid out in the grand jury indictment is a horrific portrayal of self-preservation, arrogance and heartless conduct by administrators. The long-awaited charges against Spanier only amplify the situation.
While last summer Spanier went on a show of force public relations blitz including his lawyer ripping the school's own Freeh Commission report he'll have a far more difficult task answering these pointed questions at trial, especially with many of his public statements at odds with testimony from university lawyers, staffers and police.
For Schultz and Curley, the state has even more damning evidence they'll have to defend against at trial.
This does nothing to exonerate Paterno. It only raises additional questions about whether his influence over the administrators played an even more direct role in the slow, hapless non-investigation of Sandusky in 2001. Maybe it did, maybe it didn't. Perhaps testimony at trial will provide additional clarity.
The trials of Schultz and Curley, scheduled for January 2013 in Harrisburg, will almost certainly be moved back. Attorney General Kelly said she wants all three men tried together. Spanier will deserve extended time to prepare.
So this could drag out into fall of 2013 or even beyond, a never-ending nightmare for Penn State as the alleged criminal actions of its one-time leaders get uglier and uglier and uglier.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) β Gov. Tom Corbett said Tuesday he plans to sue the NCAA in federal court over sanctions imposed against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
The Republican governor scheduled a news conference for Wednesday on Penn State's campus in State College to announce the filing in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg.
The sanctions, agreed to by the university in July, included a $60 million fine that would be used nationally to finance child abuse prevention grants. State and federal lawmakers have raised objections to the money being spent outside Pennsylvania.
A message seeking comment on the expected lawsuit was left with the NCAA on Tuesday.
Last month, a Pennsylvania congressman said he was unhappy with how the NCAA responded to a request from the state's U.S. House delegation that the whole $60 million in Penn State fines be distributed to causes within the state.
NCAA president Mark Emmert had said in a Dec. 12 letter that a task force had been charged with allocating at least 25 percent of the fine money to programs in Pennsylvania.
Republican Rep. Charlie Dent said days later in a statement that Emmert's response was "unacceptable and unsatisfactory."
The NCAA said then that it stood by what Emmert said.
The fine was part of college sports' governing body's sanctions on Penn State for its handling of the abuse scandal involving Sandusky, a former assistant under head football coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator, was convicted in June on charges he sexually abused 10 boys, some on campus. The 68-year-old was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in state prison.
Eight young men testified against him, describing a range of abuse they said went from grooming and manipulation to fondling, oral sex and anal **** when they were boys.
Sandusky didn't testify at his trial but has maintained his innocence, acknowledging he showered with boys but insisting he never molested them.
The State of Pennsylvania is preparing a lawsuit against the NCAA to challenge sanctions levied against Penn State University in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation. Penn State, which has been working in concert with the NCAA since the scandal, is not involved in preparing the suit. It is being handled solely by the state.
Unfortunate the current football players are victims of all this. They did not commit the crime. Why punish them???
I mean based on your logic if a person commits murder and them going to jail for it puts their family in financial hardship and the kids have a chance to have a mental disorder because they won't have a father in their life then we shouldn't punish the murderer.
I hope they lose the suit over the money (if that's what it is) and then the NCAA punishes them again. Pedophile U --- no one should ever forget that.
so what exactly are the sueing for? for where the money will go? I can see that reason i guess
That governor ought to be impeached. He covers up child sexual abuse as the local prosecutor involving PSU and Sandusky and then he sits on the board of governors for PSU that allows this shit to go on and now he sues the state -- without the approval of the incoming attorney general -- by getting the current attorney general to give him a sweetheart political deal.
That prick ought to have his ass and mouth greased up with a quart of crisco and then toss him into a bunch of hard-core prisoners who have been in solitare for about six months.
Al Pacino to portray Joe Paterno
Updated: January 17, 2013, 3 PM ET
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LOS ANGELES -- Al Pacino will play Joe Paterno in a movie about the late Penn State football coach.
Producer Edward R. Pressman confirms Brian De Palma will direct "Happy Valley," the tentative title of the film, based on Joe Posnanski's best-seller "Paterno."
"'Happy Valley' reunites the 'Scarface' and 'Carlito's Way' team of De Palma and Pacino for the third time and I can't think of a better duo to tell this story of a complex, intensely righteous man who was brought down by his own tragic flaw," Pressman said in a statement. No start or release dates were given for the film.
While Pressman said the plot remains "under wraps," Posnanski's book followed Paterno's final years, as the winningest coach in college football history saw his career end in disgrace in 2011 with the sex abuse scandal involving assistant Jerry Sandusky.
I guess we are comparing apples to eggs here. LOL again, the players did not commit the crime and they are punished. Something wrong with that. It it were OU, you can bet you'd jump on this line of thinking.