Sunday, February 14, 2016

What wasn't in the Penn State Freeh report

Where were charity board, cops, Corbett in Penn State-Sandusky rape cases?

What wasn't in the Penn State Freeh report

Louis Freeh's powerful report damning Penn State's football-first culture (also here) under the late Coach Joe Paterno and ex-President Graham Spanier, paid for by the school, focused on Penn State staff and trustees.

Not on others who didn't act against convicted assistant coach and child rapist Jerry Sandusky:

- the Second Mile, Sandusky's charity, and its board, which failed to exercise oversight on Sandusky and faces lawsuits that may be delaying its planned merger with a Texas charity;

- Pennsylvania local and state law enforcement, including ex-PA Attorney General, now Governor and Penn State Trustee, Tom Corbett, who has reacted angrily to suggestions he moved too slow until the scandal became public.

In this report by my colleague Angela Couloumbis, Corbett sounds a lot like the Penn State officials cited by Freeh, in defending his failure to do more earlier.

Not everyone is endorsing Freeh's report. Delaware County Daily Times columnist Gil Spencer, no Penn State fan, says Freeh relies too much on testimony of one man, former assistant coach Mike McQueary, who said he saw Sandusky rape a student in the shower, admits he didn't try to stop the crime, and says he later passed it on to higher-ups who deny his account. Read Spencer's column here.

More on ex-FBI chief Freeh's lucrative former relationship with MBNA and MBNA's very close financial relationship to Penn State, including ex-MBNA head and Second Mile director Ric Struthers, in my November 2011 items here and here.

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