Penn State Updates: Blue-White gathering
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – More than 200 Penn State alumni and supporters gathered Friday for an event hosted by Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris about the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal and the firing of former coach Joe Paterno. Presenters including a government analyst claimed Penn State’s firing of Paterno and acceptance of NCAA sanctions were done too hastily and without enough information.
They cited what they called discrepancies on several topics, notably between court testimony of Sandusky’s trial and a lack of evidence in former FBI investigator Louis Freeh’s report for the school that accused Paterno of covering up child abuse. Critics also took issue with media coverage, alleging journalists created a salacious narrative that inappropriately highlighted Paterno’s role. The event was held a day before the Blue-White game, a scrimmage signaling the end of Penn State’s spring practice.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A former Penn State administrator accused of covering up complaints about Jerry Sandusky is appealing a judge’s recent decision that allowed the case to continue. Retired university vice president Gary Schultz filed a notice with the county court on Friday that says he’s appealing to the Superior Court in Harrisburg.
He’s asking the appellate court to review the Feb. 9 ruling by a judge who supervised the grand jury that investigated him, Sandusky, and two other university officials. Schultz’s attorney Tom Farrell says the brief notice of appeal will be followed by a document that lays out the basis for it. Schultz’s co-defendants are former Penn State president Graham Spanier and former athletic director Tim Curley. Sandusky, the school’s former assistant coach, is serving a lengthy child molestation prison sentence.
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