Freind: An open letter to Gov. Corbett on Sandusky affair


there are a number of questions which you have failed to answer concerning your investigation of Jerry Sandusky
1) Based on a decade’s worth of evidence of Sandusky’s predatory activities, why did it take the Attorney General’s Office three years to arrest him? I fully understand that it takes time to conduct an investigation, but as numerous prosecutors have stated, you could have arrested him quickly and continued building the case.
Tragically, it is probable that Sandusky continued to molest victims during your epic investigation, as predators do not stop preying unless forced to do so. Had he been arrested early, (standard procedure in many cases with a lot less evidence), Sandusky would have had to post bail, had restrictions placed upon him, and, most important, been under an ultra-intense media and community spotlight – every minute of every day until his trial.
In short, children would finally have been safe. This would have created a much more favorable environment for additional witnesses to come forward, knowing their bigger-than-life demon could hurt them no more. Arresting Sandusky quickly would have in no way jeopardized the strength of the case.
One of two things seems to be true, as there is no third option. Either A) you were an incompetent attorney general, which virtually no one believes, or B) the investigation was deliberately understaffed and drawn out because you did not wish to be the gubernatorial candidate who took down fabled Penn State – with its massive and intensely loyal alumni network – and the beloved Joe Paterno. Since doing so would have presented difficult campaign challenges, many are asking if politics was placed above children’s safety. Which leads to the next question.
2) Why was the investigation so understaffed? Yes, you just now claimed – after eight months – that media reports are wrong that only one investigator was assigned the case for the first 15 months. The real number, as you now state, was a whopping two. We know you were busy with Bonusgate, but political corruption never threatens anyone’s physical well-being, particularly defenseless children.
And the two investigators assigned were narcotics agents. While Sandusky’s heinous crimes were many, drug offenses were not among them.
Yes, they were former police officers. But wouldn’t the reasonable course have been to assign agents with experience in child molestation cases? Did their inexperience lengthen the investigation more than normal … say, past your election in November 2010?
Additional resources were available. Upon becoming governor, you placed state police on the case. You could have made that same request to Gov. Ed Rendell, and, given the stakes, there is virtually no possibility he would have refused. And since you are a former United States attorney, you undoubtedly realized that federal assistance was also available3) Do you believe ethical and moral lines were crossed when, after investigating Penn State as Attorney General, you then participated as a member of the Board of Trustees upon becoming governor?
In other words, knowing full well that the investigation was still in full swing, conducted by your handpicked attorney general successor, you nonetheless chose to sit on the very board you had been – and still were – investigating!
Did you ever consider recusing yourself from board activities until the investigation was concluded? Since governors rarely attend board meetings, this would have in no way raised suspicions.
4) As governor, why did you personally approve a $3 million taxpayer-funded grant to Sandusky’s Second Mile charity, given your knowledge that Sandusky was under investigation for multiple child rapes?
Your statement that blocking the grant would have tipped people off to the investigation is utterly disingenuous, particularly since the media reported on the investigation in March, and you did not approve the funds until July 2011.
Vetoing the charitable grant would have simply been viewed as another financial cutback in a budget full of slashed programs.
So one has to ask if the $640,000 in campaign donations from board members of the Second Mile, along with their businesses and families, had anything to do with your actions?
If not, fine. But how did such a massively significant point slip your mind – until the media brought it up? And was that question also out of line?

What is Joe Paterno’s Legacy? It is THE PENN STATE WAY!


Excerpted from the SBNation, bscaff

The legacy isn’t the statue in front of Beaver Stadium. The mob can have that. Take it down. Joe never liked it to begin with.

It is not that 23,000-seat Beaver Field begat 107,000-seat Beaver Stadium. It’s not 409 wins, National Championships, undefeated seasons, Academic All-Americans, Peachy Paterno ice cream, black shoes, cuffed pants, or white socks. It’s not the referee doll Grandma Sue hung in effigy on the front porch.

It’s not even the Library, or the College of Liberal Arts, or the Paterno Fellows, or the Religious Center, or the Centre County Special Olympics, or the Greek Scholars.

And it’s not just the football lettermen, so many of whom graduated and enjoy successful, productive lives.

It’s the Penn State Way. It’s an ethos. It’s why Penn Staters are so conflicted and upset.

The Penn State Way commissions a multi-million dollar independent investigation which, in eight months, revealed more than did three years of state criminal investigations. Then, the Penn State Way publishes the painful results for the world to mock, while we admit our mistakes, and resolve to move forward and improve.

Do you know why Penn State alums have been so angry with you, Board of Trustees? It’s because you acted precisely opposite of the Penn State Way, when you fired Joe without facts; then claimed he wasn’t fired; then requested his 1980 PSU rotary telephone using a form letter; and then fired him again in another press release.

But, at least you spent $6.5 million wisely. At least you redeemed yourselves.

That’s right, lazy, angry sportswriting jerks. The reason you can tear down the Paterno temple; the reason you can claim Joe lied is because Penn State investigated itself more critically than the Commonwealth government. Then, it told all to everyone. How does that compare to SMU you nooby stooges?

WE don’t cut corners. WE play all or none. WE do the right thing. WE maintain higher standards. WE give our best effort always. WE help the less fortunate. And, WE stand up, are counted, and WE FIGHT! when WE see a wrong. That’s why…

WE ARE. PENN STATE.

Yes, Joe Paterno failed the Penn State Way in the Sandusky scandal. He wasn’t alone, nor was he the most culpable. But, over the preceeding 60 years, he also taught and lived the Penn State Way. He is, in large part, precisely why Penn Staters feel that there is a “Penn State Way” at all.

That is a great legacy. It’s a far sight better than the sportswriters’ Paterno temple. And no amount of scorn, contempt, or shouting can change it.