Monday, February 8, 2016

When it comes to legal fees, working for Corbett is a plum deal

What's the difference between the Attorney General Kane's probe of then Attorney-General Corbett's Sandusky investigation and Gov. Corbett's current lawsuit against the NCAA over Sandusky-related sanctions?

When it comes to legal fees, working for Corbett is a plum deal


Here's a mouthful and an eye-opener:

What's the difference between Attorney General Kathleen Kane's probe of then Attorney-General Tom Corbett's Sandusky investigation and Gov. Corbett's current lawsuit against the NCAA over Sandusky-related sanctions? 

About $513 - an hour.

We learned yesterday that Jerry Pappert - who served a stint as interim attorney general after Mike Fisher was appointed a federal judge in 2004  - is being paid a cool $585 an hour as a legal counsel to the governor on the NCAA suit, according to a Patriot-News report.

Across the Capitol grounds at the Office of Attorney General, newly-hired special prosecutor H. Geoffrey Moulton wil make just $72 an hour reviewing Corbett's controversial handling of the Sandusky investigation.

Many criticized Corbett for dragging out the child sex abuse case during his campaign for governor and not indicting the former Penn State assistant football coach until after taking office. Corbett has denied those charges, saying he needed the time to build a strong case.

One of Kane's top campaign promises was to look into how the Sandusky case was handled.

She hired Moulton, a Widener University law professor and former first deputy in the U.S. Attorney's office in Philadelphia, three weeks after taking office. (See Inquirer profile of Moulton here.)

Meanwhile, Corbett in December announced his anti-trust suit against the NCAA for abusing its authority when it heavily-sanctioned Penn State in the wake of the Sandusky conviction.

Pappert is a partner with Cozen O'Connor and chairman of the Banking and Securities Commission.

Corbett's general counsel Jim Schultz told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the $200,000 cap Corbett put on the legal fees the Commonwealth would pay for the NCAA suit would likely be lifted.



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