Saturday, February 6, 2016

Kane names ex-federal prosecutor to review Sandusky probe

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane has named a former federal prosecutor who handled a review of the botched raid of the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, to lead the investigation into Gov. Corbett's handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Kane names ex-federal prosecutor to review Sandusky probe


A former federal prosecutor who led the inquiry into the botched 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, has been named to lead the review of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse probe. 

Attorney General Kathleen Kane named H. Geoffrey Moulton, Jr., an associate professor at Widener University Law School, as special deputy attorney general to lead the office's internal investigation into how the Sandusky case was handled, said Kane in a statement. 

"Mr. Moulton is a highly respected former federal prosecutor who will assist us in providing a comprehensive and independent examination of the facts surrounding the handling of the Sandusky investigation," said Kane. "Once the facts have been uncovered, my office will make these findings available to the public."

Kane, the first woman and first Democrat elected as Pennsylvania attorney general, campaigned for election last year on the promise that she would open a probe into how then-Attorney General Tom Corbett handled the Sandusky case.

Kane raised questions about the length of time it took Corbett to finally indict Sandusky in Nov. 2011. Corbett has vigorously defended his handling of the investigation, saying his office needed the time to build the case that led to Sandusky's conviction.

Moulton, 54, served as first assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania handling day-to-day operations of an office with 130 lawyers.

From 2009 through 2011, Moulton served in senior positions in Washington D.C., first as chief counsel to U.S. Sen. Ted Kaufman of Delaware where he helped draft legislation relating to financial and health care fraud and as chief of staff and deputy special inspector general for the Office of Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP).

In that role Moulton supervised agency investigations into fraud and other criminal activity related to TARP - the federal bailout of financial institutions seeking relief during the recession.

In 1993, as the project director for the U.S. Treasury department, Moulton prepared a widely praised report on the failed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) raid on the Branch Davidian compound near Waco, Tex. His report led to changes in policies and procedures at both ATF and the Treasury Department, Kane said.

After graduating from Columbia University School of Law, Moulton clerked for U. S. Supreme Court Justice William H. Rehnquist.



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