Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Penn State report was seriously flawed

I criticized the rush to judgment against Jerry Sandusky and Penn State officials, in part because much of the supposed evidence was in a dubious lawyer-written Freeh report. Now I see errors revealed:
Critique of the Freeh Report

On September 13, 2012, a group of alumni and supporters, under the name of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, released a review of the Freeh Report that was critical of the Freeh Group's investigation and conclusions.[203] On February 10, 2013 a report commissioned by the Paterno family was released by Dick Thornburgh, former United States Attorney General and former Governor of Pennsylvania, maintaining that the Freeh report was "seriously flawed, both with respect to the process of [its] investigation and its findings related to Mr. Paterno".[204] In response, Freeh called the Paterno family's report "self-serving" and said that it did not change the facts and findings of his initial investigation.[205] On June 23, 2014, at Jerry Sandusky's pension forfeiture appeal, hearing arbiter Michael Bangs ruled Sandusky's pension should be reinstated and criticized the Freeh Report stating it "was based on significant hearsay and was mostly ruled inadmissible (for the proceedings), (but) was admitted in part to show it had found Sandusky had received 71 separate payments from Penn State between 2000 and 2008”. Later in a footnote Bangs states “The terrifically significant disparity between the finding in the Freeh report and the actual truth is disturbing. While the Freeh report found that Penn State had made 71 separate payments to (Sandusky) between 2000-2008, they were off by almost 85 percent, as the correct number was six separate payments”. Bangs goes on to say that the error “calls into question the accuracy and veracity of the entire report”.[206]
I do think that Joe Paterno was framed, like other witchhunts. Even a former FBI director can be bought, if there is enough money to be had by suing the deep pockets. The evidence against Sandusky was entirely the testimony of people who changed their stories years later when they sued Penn State for millions of dollars.

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