Monday, January 28, 2013
200 supporters of Joe Paterno met at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge on Friday to view a film about the alleged framing of the popular Penn State coach.
According to Philly.com, several hundred alumni of Pennsylvania State University braved the snow on Friday, Jan. 25 to attend a meeting at the Radisson Hotel Valley Forge in King of Prussia aimed at restoring iconic coach Joe Paterno's reputation following the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse case. The event was reportedly organized by football hall of fame inductee Franco Harris, who played for Paterno at Penn State more than 40 years ago. The group watched part of a film reportedly in production alleging that Paterno was framed for his reported part in the early cover up of Sandusky's crimes. See some of the film in the Video section of this article. Read more here. --- Related Stories
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Jerry Sandusky's attorney says his client will appeal the case, claims Sandusky's right to due process was violated.
Jerry Sandusky, 68, the former Penn State assistant football coach, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison today for sexually abusing 10 boys. According to reports, Sandusky, wearing a red jumpsuit, gave an 18-minute “rambling” statement in court proclaiming his innocence. Legal analyst Wes Oliver on NBC 10 said the statement was "emotionally unstable" and “bizarre.” In the closed proceedings at the Centre County Courthouse, Judge John M. Cleland first heard arguments from prosecutors, then the defense, then victims – with Sandusky getting the last word before the sentence was given. Cleland gave him 30 to 60 years, saying to Sandusky, "for the rest of your life," according to NBC10. Is the sentence too harsh? Too lenient, or just right…
Jerry Sandusky, convicted of child sexual abuse, reads a statement for Penn State radio Monday saying he is innocent of the 'disgusting acts.' He will be sentenced today.
On Monday, Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach found guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys, said he was innocent. In a taped statement from jail, Sandusky, 68, said he lost his fight against a “well-orchestrated” conspiracy of accusers including “the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers.” His nearly three-minute statement was aired on Penn State’s student-run station, ComRadio. Sandusky’s attorney’s confirmed the statement was from Sandusky. "They can take away my life. They can make me out as a monster. They can treat me as a monster, but they can't take away my heart," he said. "In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts." Sandusky …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Paterno loses all-time wins record; Nittany Lions banned from postseason for four years; school fined $60 million, to be put into a fund to help child abuse victims.
Monday, July 23, 2012
NCAA President Mark Emmert came down hard on Penn State’s football program today, handing down some of the most severe sanctions in college sports history. While the Nittany Lions did not get the death penalty, The Sporting News reports that it may take decades for the college and its football program to recover. The sanctions: Penn State has agreed not to appeal the sanctions, which were handed down less than two weeks after former FBI Director Louis Freeh submitted a 267-page report condemning the role of university officials in concealing the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child abuse last month. The $60 million fine will be paid over the next five years into a special endowment …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
How Penn State should do right by victims, not Paterno
The release of the Freeh Report on July 12 was another small victory for the victims of Jerry Sandusky, but a gut-punching blow to the blue and white fan boys and girls across the country. Revealed in the 267-page independent investigation by former FBI director Louis Freeh was a comprehensive account of Penn State’s severe mishandling of Jerry Sandusky and the deplorable accusations against him. Freeh deep-seated what many speculated Joe Paterno took with him to his grave. Paterno was, in fact, aware of the Sandusky accusations, and part of the internal blunder to handle it, as early as 1998. Now the soil around Paterno’s grave is burdensome. His headstone is more imbued than before. His only disguise is the rising grass that surrounds …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Will Gov. Tom Corbett's role in the Sandusky investigation continue to haunt him when he seeks re-election?
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Columnist and investigative reporter Chris Freind, a longtime supporter of Gov. Tom Corbett, has penned an open letter to the state leader asking tough questions about the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal. Freind says Corbett refuses to answer disturbing questions about his role as attorney general in investigating Sandusky. Freind contends that Corbett could have stopped Sandusky, but didn't. Will Corbett's role in the Sandusky saga affect his re-election campaign? Vote in our poll and add your comments below. Pennsylvania has re-elected every governor for a second term since 1971.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
According to an investigation into Penn State's connection to child abuse, '...Nothing was done and Sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity.'
Former FBI director Judge Louis Freeh released his report investigating Penn State's invlovement in Jerry Sandusky's recent child sex scandal, saying that the "most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State." Does this report's findings change your opinion of Penn State and how it handled Sandusky? Tell us in the comments. "The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized," Freeh said in a statement on Thursday. "Messrs. [University Presdient Graham] Spanier, [University Vice President Gary] Schultz, [head football coach Joe] Paterno and [Athletic Director Tim] …
Friday, June 22, 2012
Jerry Sandusky probably will spend the rest of his life in prison. Do you agree with the verdict? Vote in our poll.
Disgraced ex-Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of child sex abuse Friday night, resulting in an effective life sentence for the 68-year-old. The guilty verdicts include 25 felony counts. Combined, Sandusky could be sentenced to 442 years in prison. Dressed in a brown sports coat, Sandusky immediately was taken into custody and led from the courthouse in handcuffs. The jury—which included many people with close ties to Penn State—deliberated for only 20 hours on 48 charges against Sandusky. The two-week trial featured damning testimony against Sandusky, who was accused of performing anal and oral sex on boys as young as 8. Despite the lack of physical evidence and the time lapse since the sex abuse, …
Monday, June 11, 2012
Do you think former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky can get a fair trial in his highly publicized child molestation case?
One of the most high-profile trials of the year is set to begin and Patch wants to know if you think former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky will be treated fairly. Tell us in the comments section below. Prosecutors claim that Sandusky groomed boys he met through The Second Mile, the charity he founded for at-risk youth in 1977, then attacked them, in some cases in his own home or inside university athletic facilities. Jurors will not be sequestered, meaning they can spend nights and weekends at home. But the judge gave strict orders for them to stay clear of any news reports, as well as social media.
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Pottstown folks have a variety of reactions to the nightmare surrounding Joe Paterno, but some agree the latest news is a "sad" way for the iconic coach to end a remarkable career.
"Coach Joe Paterno is fighting for his job amid 'eroding' support from Penn State's board of trustees and a widening sex-abuse scandal and possible cover-up centered on former assistant and one-time heir apparent Jerry Sandusky," the Associated Press reported on Tuesday. Looking back at Paterno's seemingly eternal career, most folks might have presumed his job would end on a sideline in a fiery, stunning yet brilliantly executed grand football player crash -- you know, JoePa style. A few months or even decades ago, who would have dreamed his career would fall prey to a horrific nightmare? While folks disagree on his role in the scandal, many use the same word to describe the end of the Paterno era: "Sad." Paterno "did what he was supposed …