Monday, March 13, 2017

FBI Exonerated Former PSU President Spanier; Found No Cover-Up

The Penn State sex scandal is making headlines again.

Former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former PSU Vice President Gary Schultz, scheduled to go on trial next week on charges of endangering the welfare of a child, pleaded guilty, the Inky reported. That left former PSU President Graham Spanier as the lone defendant in the case.

Meanwhile, veteran journalist John Ziegler has a scoop on lawnewz.com about a federal background investigation of Spanier for a top-secret security clearance that found "not a shred of evidence any kind of cover-up, deception, or malfeasance" at Penn State.

Excerpts from the 110-page report published online by Ziegler:

The circumstances surrounding subject's departure from his position as PSU president do not cast doubt on subject's current reliability, trustworthiness or good judgement and do not cast doubt on his ability to properly safeguard national security information.

Finally, blogger and U.S. government analyst Ray Blehar explores the mystery of why Curley and Schultz would have chosen to plead guilty now. He concludes it wasn't about the law. But it may have been about fear of not getting a fair trial. Or maybe they even got paid under the table, Blehar writes.

5 comments:

  1. Ralph I'm new to this site I'm sure you have written about this scandal in the past..what is your take on this whole thing from what I understand and I admit it is limited I think the whole crew should have been put in Jail and the football program at Penn state should have been done away with ..to me they covered up for this animal to protect the football program.. everyone from Joe Pa down knew and did nothing about it am I wrong ?????

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  2. I really don't know what happened at Penn State. I did not cover the trials nor anything else out there.

    I am amazed, however, by the parallels with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia sex abuse scandal complete with greedy plaintiff's lawyers, hopped-up prosecutors, and story lines dictated by the media.

    I certainly see a rush to judgment here.

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  3. If I were the judge, I would have dismissed the charges long ago and tell the State Attorney General to go pound sand or a more blunted invective to convey same. They knew how bogus their case was. They took Seth Williams fallacy of the 1972 child endangerment law to prosecute the three administrators . It is pride driving the prosecutions as those guys were dealing with a smooth psychopath in Sandusky.plea bargain deal probably includes no jail time and one year probation. Judges are complicit in aiding the prosecution by refusing to drop the remaining charges after the more serious felony charges were dropped by Commonwealth court. Those guys were better off taking plea than risk prison on bogus charges.

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  4. Nothing interesting happening today?

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  5. Looks like somebody won a bet on that Hobbs Act thing and Seth Williams.

    Somehow, though, it feels like there's another shoe to drop. And why only Seth and not those bribing him? Did they all just plea out?

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