Monday, August 31, 2015

AG Kane won't 'rush' Sandusky case probe

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The still-hanging probe of the investigation of Jerry Sandusky could pack a political twist for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.
The still-hanging probe of the investigation of Jerry Sandusky could pack a political twist for Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

Despite delays in the Office of the Attorney General’s internal review of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse investigation, a report on the proceedings will be released, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane said Wednesday. 

She did not disclose exactly when that will occur.

Kane made a pledge in 2012, as she ran for election, that she would review former Attorney General Tom Corbett’s handling of the case, which took nearly three years to yield charges.

Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of child molestation, for which he is now serving a 30- to 60-year jail sentence. The state first began investigating Sandusky's conduct in 2009.

After taking office, Kane one year ago appointed former federal prosecutor H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr. to lead the independent examination with the promise that, once it was complete, its findings would be made public.

"Mr. Moulton has been both thorough and diligent, reviewing and analyzing a substantial documentary record and, despite not having the power to compel testimony through subpoena, interviewing a wide range of witnesses,” Kane said Wednesday in a statement. "However, certain factors have combined to slow the process, not all of which were anticipated.”

Kane said “chief among” the impediments have been “time-consuming challenges in obtaining important written records, particularly emails.”

“For reasons that will be described in more detail when the report is made public, until last fall we believed that OAG emails for the relevant time period had been permanently removed from OAG storage systems (pursuant to a then-existing document-retention policy) and were unrecoverable,” she said. The Office of the Attorney General has since developed a way to recover those emails, a process Kane called “ongoing.”

Kane said the office has been working with the assigned grand jury to receive the judicial approval necessary to release the probe, since it will discuss matters that were not previously made public. She also noted certain people discussed in the report must be given the opportunity to respond to claims made against them prior to its release, something her office hopes to complete “as expeditiously as possible.”

"The release of the review findings will be determined only by the time necessary to complete a comprehensive review,” Kane said. “I remain fully committed to that approach. Pennsylvanians deserve the full and true story, and I will not permit a rush to judgment to interfere with a thorough review.

Kane said she has no plans to provide additional comment on the proceedings between now and when the review is released.


Contact Alex Wigglesworth at 215-854-2305 or awigglesworth@philly.com. Follow @phila_lex on Twitter.

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