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PSU's "humane" email

The timing of news that Penn State officials felt it would be "humane" not to tell authorities about allegations regarding Jerry Sandusky is curious.

PSU's "humane" email

Timing -- in life, politics and criminal trials -- very often is everything.

So it's interesting that on the first day of Jerry Sandusky's criminal trial in Bellefonte Monday, NBC reported that a Penn State internal investigation uncovered emails among top university officials that suggest there was indeed a cover-up of Sandusky's alleged child abuse.

And who heads that internal probe? That would be former FBI director Louis Freeh, which might explain why a national news outlet got the story first. You leak to those you know.

The emails were between then-PSU Prez Graham Spanier and two other officials who already are charged with perjury in the case, former athletic Tim Curley and former senior VP Gary Schultz.

NBC reported the PSU brass decided it would be "humane" not to tell law enforcement about a 2001 incident involving Sandusky's alleged sexual abuse of a boy in a football locker room shower.

Spanier, ousted by the university's board along with Joe Paterno, sued Penn State to get his emails. I guess now we know why.

The email story seemingly strengthens the case against Curley and Schultz and appears to put Spanier in the crosshairs of indictment.

(Last month, it was reported Spanier's 2011 Penn State compensation package was $1.1 million.)

And the timing of the email leak, including word Freeh immediatley turned it over to the state attoryney general, suggests Penn State wants to show it is indeed making every effort to clean up its mess and get the story over with, while also offering at least some distraction from coverage of Sandusky's trial.

The university in April hired one of the world's largest PR firms, Edelman, for $2.5 million. No way this email revelation isn't partly PR.

 

 

 

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