Jerry Sandusky en Attorney General Kane: Corbett Did Not Drag Feet Over Sandusky Investigation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a report Monday regarding Tom Corbett's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation when he was Attorney General. Patriot News opinions editor John Micek talked about how the findings of Kane's office<a href=""> could impact Governor Corbett's chances of re-election</a>.</span></p><p>The Attorney General’s report found no evidence of Corbett mishandling the investigation due to political influence. Micek said even though the report was issued well before voting begins, for Corbett's re-election campaign, the report may hurt his chances in the polls. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:33:25 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 31480 at Attorney General Kane: Corbett Did Not Drag Feet Over Sandusky Investigation In Review of Sandusky Case, Kane Sees Flaws in Prosecution, But No Politics <p>A long-awaited review of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case has exonerated Republican Gov. Tom Corbett of suggestions the investigation was slowed by political calculations. But state Attorney General Kathleen Kane says she still sees flaws in the prosecution and is openly inviting speculation on how it was handled.<br /> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 12:08:42 +0000 Mary Wilson 31466 at Kane Report: Politics Had No Role in Sandusky Probe <p>A report released Monday detailing the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case faults police and prosecutors for long delays in bringing charges but found no evidence that politics affected the investigation.</p><p>The report, commissioned by Democratic Attorney General Kathleen Kane and written by former federal prosecutor Geoff Moulton, by a former federal prosecutor blamed a three-year time lapse in filing charges on communication problems, an expungement of a 1998 complaint about the former Penn State coach and a failure to take certain investigative steps early on.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:45:12 +0000 The Associated Press 31398 at Expected to Pass This Week, Bill Will Broaden Scope of Mandated Reporters <p>A plethora of legislation was proposed in the aftermath of the Sandusky Penn State sex abuse case. One of the most comprehensive bills is expected to pass this week.</p><p>Senate Bill 21 will broaden the scope of mandated reporters when it comes to child abuse – and hold them more accountable.</p><p>Mandated reporters are those who have contact with children, anyone from a public library employee to clergy to a medical examiner. These reporters would be required to alert law enforcement when they suspect a child is being abused.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:24:48 +0000 Erika Beras 27280 at Legislature Expected To Clarify Who Must Report Child Abuse <p>Proposals to change how suspected child abuse must be reported in Pennsylvania are nearing the finish line after stalling for several months.<br /><br />Two measures are awaiting final votes in the House and Senate to clarify who must report child abuse and how they should do it. But a plan that originated in the state Senate would now exclude lawyers from the list of people who will be mandated reporters, after House lawmakers voiced concerns about breaching attorney-client privilege: should lawyers be mandated reporters if filing a complaint could violate the trust of their client? Sun, 06 Apr 2014 21:18:10 +0000 Mary Wilson 27114 at Victim Advocate Group Calls on New Penn State President to Take Strong Stand on Sandusky Scandal <p>A day after Penn State announced the selection of Eric Barron as its new president, members of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, are responding to his statement that patience is needed.</p><p>At an event announcing his appointment, Barron was asked what the proper role he sees for the legacy of former Nittany Lions coach Joe Paterno.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:20:16 +0000 Deanna Garcia 24598 at Kane Pressed on Timeline of Sandusky Case Review <p>State Attorney General Kathleen Kane is being pressed for answers on when she’ll wrap up an investigation of the prosecution of Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child molester.<br /><br />The internal review began a year ago when Kane hired an outside deputy attorney general, Geoff Moulton, to helm the investigation. Kane told the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday that releasing findings will take more time, since document recovery and scheduling interviews have slowed down the review.<br /> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:00:38 +0000 Mary Wilson 24297 at Legislation Could Shrink Penn State's Board of Trustees <p>Penn State’s Board of Trustees came under fire as a result of the Jerry Sandusky scandal two years ago.</p><p>Now, State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne) introduced legislation Friday that would shrink the size of board from 30 voting members to 23.</p><p>Under the new bill, the board would be made up of 8 elected alumni, five gubernatorial appointees, five members from the agriculture industry and five members from the business industry. The legislation would also prohibit the Governor, Lieutenant Governor and all state row officers from being on the board.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:26:58 +0000 Michael Lynch 23298 at Work Remains for PA Lawmakers on Child Protection Legislation <p>Work still remains for state lawmakers on child protection legislation, in spite of the slew of bills signed by the governor last week.<br /><br />The 10 proposals are the result of more than a year of work to tighten up the state’s child protection laws.<br /><br />Central to the effort was a proposal to re-write the state’s legal definition of child abuse to make it less vague.<br /><br />But Bucks County District Attorney Dave Heckler says there’s more to come.<br /> Fri, 27 Dec 2013 15:04:52 +0000 Mary Wilson 22007 at Corbett Inks Post-Sandusky PA Child-Abuse Bills <p>Pennsylvania enacted its first new laws Wednesday in the Legislature's wide-ranging response to the Jerry Sandusky and Roman Catholic clergy child sexual abuse scandals, a step that expands the nearly 20-year-old playbook for how caseworkers and investigators can handle reports of child abuse.<br /> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 20:43:39 +0000 The Associated Press 21677 at Making Child Abuse Easier to Define in Pennsylvania <p>The Pennsylvania Senate could be voting on legislation this week to overhaul the state's child abuse laws.</p><p>Three Senate committees have advanced six bills, the most important of which would change the definition of what constitutes child abuse, making it tougher and bringing it into line with the standards used in many other states.</p><p>The new wording would include, “intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causing bodily injury to a child.” It also lists a number of acts that would constitute abuse, such as kicking, burning or forcefully shaking or striking a child less than one year old. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 18:57:39 +0000 Heather McClain 21064 at Making Child Abuse Easier to Define in Pennsylvania State Senators Unveil Legislation to Reform Penn State Board <p>The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees would be decreased from 30 voting members to 23 under legislation unveiled by state Sens. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne County) and John Corman (R-Centre County).</p><p>Yudichak said, in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, the school is facing its greatest challenge.</p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 20:15:55 +0000 Tim Camerato 20138 at NCAA to Restore Penn State Football Scholarships <p>Penn State officials say they are gratified by the NCAA's decision to gradually restore football scholarships taken from the school following the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.</p><p>President Rodney Erickson called the news particularly welcome to student athletes who want to attend Penn State "and will now have the means to do so."</p><p>College sports' governing body said Tuesday that the school has made significant changes to its athletics programs and cited the recommendation of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell, who's been serving as the programs' integrity monitor.</p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 18:15:46 +0000 The Associated Press 17069 at Former Penn State Adminstrators to Stand Trial <p>Following two days of preliminary hearings, Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley <a href="">will go to trial</a> in what has been called the worst scandal in college football history. Bob Dvorchak, author of the book “<a href="">Game Over</a>” has written about the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case, and says this is not at all a surprise.</p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:40:58 +0000 Katherine Blackley 14077 at Former Penn State Adminstrators to Stand Trial Judge: 3 Penn State Ex-Officials to Stand Trial <p>Penn State's ex-president and two former top school administrators were ordered Tuesday to stand trial on charges accusing them of a cover-up in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.<br><br>Prosecutors showed enough evidence during a two-day preliminary hearing to warrant a full criminal court trial for ex-President Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley, Judge William Wenner concluded.<br><br>Wenner called it "a tragic day for Penn State University."<br> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 20:04:33 +0000 The Associated Press 14014 at State Lawmakers Push for Debate on PSU Oversight <p>Nearly eight months ago, then state Auditor General Jack Wagner issued a long list of recommendations that he thought would provide for more oversight of the operation of Penn State University. Most of those recommendations have not been adopted, but Democrats in the state Senate are pushing to change that.</p><p>“We are calling upon our colleagues on the other side of the aisle to have that conversation with us over the course summer and the fall,” said Sen. Jay Costa (D-Allegheny).</p> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 17:42:11 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 12198 at Defending Joe Paterno and Challenging the Freeh Report <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Former Pennsylvania Governor <a href=""><strong>Dick Thornburgh</strong></a> feels former FBI director Louis Freeh's investigation of the Jerry Sandusky abuse case was <a href="">not conclusively supported by evidence</a>. The Penn State case marked the first time the NCAA punished an institution solely for transgressions related to a criminal matter.</p><p>The family of former coach Joe Paterno and other plaintiffs sued the NCAA last week, accusing the organization of intentionally defaming and commercially disparaging them through the imposition of sanctions against Penn State. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 22:48:41 +0000 Heather McClain 10949 at Defending Joe Paterno and Challenging the Freeh Report Judge Tosses Corbett's Lawsuit Against NCAA <p>A federal judge on Thursday threw out the governor's lawsuit against the NCAA over sanctions against Penn State related to Jerry Sandusky, calling his argument "a Hail Mary pass" that easily warranted dismissal.<br><br>U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane's decision puts an early end to the anti-trust lawsuit Gov. Tom Corbett filed in January in which he sought to overturn a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban, scholarship limits and other penalties.<br> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 13:52:41 +0000 The Associated Press 10896 at State AG: Culture of Corruption 'Won’t Ever Be Eliminated' <p>Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane doesn’t believe it’s possible to rid the state of corruption, but her office is working to set an example to public officials through prosecution. &nbsp;</p><p>In an interview today with 90.5 WESA's&nbsp;<a href="">&nbsp;Essential Pittsburgh</a> program, Kane discussed the scandal in the Turnpike Commission.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 20:38:29 +0000 Tim Camerato & Essential Pittsburgh 8100 at Paterno's Widow: We Were Ignorant of Sex Predators <p>The widow of longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno says she and her husband were ignorant about sexual predators like Jerry Sandusky.</p><p>Speaking at a child-abuse prevention program, Sue Paterno says she and her husband sometimes unknowingly helped Sandusky "groom" the boys he abused, believing he was helping them find a better life.</p><p>Paterno says she was horrified to learn Sandusky sexually abused several young boys.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:00:37 +0000 The Associated Press 7635 at Next move Is Unclear After Penn State Case Ruling <p>For months, the criminal case against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up abuse complaints about Jerry Sandusky has been in limbo while a judge considered their request to have the case thrown out.</p><p>Judge Barry Feudale's ruling against Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz and Tim Curley could clear the way for a district judge to finally conduct the preliminary hearing that had once been scheduled for last December.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 14:25:28 +0000 The Associated Press 7601 at Penn State: Sandusky Interview Continues to Open Wounds <p>Penn State says Jerry Sandusky's assertion that a key witness misinterpreted his showering with a young boy continues to "open wounds" for his victims.<br><br>Excerpts of Sandusky's interview with a documentary filmmaker were broadcast Monday on NBC's "Today" show. The former Penn State assistant football coach says he doesn't understand how Mike McQueary concluded "sex was going on" when he witnessed the shower incident in 2001.<br> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:16:52 +0000 The Associated Press & Mary Wilson 6121 at Sandusky Scandal tops $41 Million for Penn State <p>Penn State's bill to pay costs associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal has topped $41 million, including $8.1 million to pay for the internal investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh.</p><p>The latest disclosure posted Monday on a university website offered more itemization for certain costs including the bill for the Freeh probe. The bill also for the first time includes the $12 million payment to the NCAA — the first of five annual installments of the $60 million fine that's part of the sanctions.</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:57:31 +0000 Associated Press 2607 at Penn State Sues Insurer Over Sandusky Coverage <p>Penn State says in a new lawsuit that its insurance carrier isn't honoring its legal obligation to cover it for claims related to sexual misconduct by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.</p><p>The 18-page complaint filed by the university in Bellefonte Tuesday said it has been sued or contacted by 29 claimants but the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Insurance Company isn't providing coverage.</p><p>The lawsuit alleges breach of contract and bad faith, saying Penn State is entitled to damages and costs.</p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 02:42:07 +0000 Associated Press 2161 at Special Prosecutor to Probe Penn St. Grand Jury <div class="field-item even"><p>A Pennsylvania judge has named a special prosecutor to examine whether secrecy rules were violated in relation to the grand jury that investigated Jerry Sandusky and three former Penn State administrators who are currently facing criminal&nbsp;charges.</p><p>Lawyer James M. Reeder was given six months to look into the matter, according to a Feb. 8 order from Judge Barry&nbsp;Feudale.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:38:50 +0000 Mark Scolforo 1700 at