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The Paterno Family Report

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The Paterno family report's authors made 10 conclusions after their review:

• No evidence exists that Paterno concealed critical information about Sandusky.

• Paterno, "based on a review of all available evidence, including discussions with attorneys representing Curley, Schultz and Spanier made no attempt to hide any information, hinder or impede any investigation or limit the number of people who were informed of" one the key incidents in the Sandusky scandal. In that 2001 incident, then-assistant coach Mike McQueary witnessed the assault of a boy in the shower by Sandusky and told Paterno about it the next day.

• No evidence exists that a desire to avoid bad publicity ever motivated Paterno.

• That the Freeh report "ignored decades of expert research and analysis of the appropriate way to understand and investigate a child sexual victimization case. Consequently, the Freeh report missed a tremendous opportunity to educate the public regarding the behavior of 'nice-guy' acquaintance child molesters."

• Freeh's investigators "produced a report that fit their expectations despite contrary evidence or a more reasonable interpretation."

• The report was "oversold to the public, and Penn State officials, the NCAA and other bodies detrimentally relied upon it. The limitations of the investigation, which were numerous and defining, were not adequately explained or understood."

• "Sandusky was an exceptionally effective manipulator and deceiver … One of the most respected child sexual victimization experts in the world has concluded that Joe Paterno, like many others, did not recognize Jerry Sandusky as a child molester after the 2001 incident."

• Freeh investigators' access to vital documents and critical witnesses was severely limited. "These limitations, which were understated or ignored in the report, call into question the legitimacy of the entire report."

• The Freeh report is "uniformly biased" against Paterno and its authors "ascribe motives to people they never met or interviewed and interpret ambiguous documents with a clarity and decisiveness that is impossible to justify."

• One major flaw in the Freeh report is that it does not follow a typical standard of courtroom examinations and independent investigations -- the consideration of a person's lifetime record of "moral conduct and altruism." It treats Paterno's long life "as if it were irrelevant to the case."[/quote]

Is this family serious...

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  • [link=http://m.espn.go.com/wireless/story?storyId=8930657]http://m.espn.go.com/wire.ss/story?storyId=8930657[/link]
    The Paterno family report's authors made 10 conclusions after their review:

    • No evidence exists that Paterno concealed critical information about Sandusky.

    • Paterno, "based on a review of all available evidence, including discussions with attorneys representing Curley, Schultz and Spanier made no attempt to hide any information, hinder or impede any investigation or limit the number of people who were informed of" one the key incidents in the Sandusky scandal. In that 2001 incident, then-assistant coach Mike McQueary witnessed the assault of a boy in the shower by Sandusky and told Paterno about it the next day.

    • No evidence exists that a desire to avoid bad publicity ever motivated Paterno.

    • That the Freeh report "ignored decades of expert research and analysis of the appropriate way to understand and investigate a child sexual victimization case. Consequently, the Freeh report missed a tremendous opportunity to educate the public regarding the behavior of 'nice-guy' acquaintance child molesters."

    • Freeh's investigators "produced a report that fit their expectations despite contrary evidence or a more reasonable interpretation."

    • The report was "oversold to the public, and Penn State officials, the NCAA and other bodies detrimentally relied upon it. The limitations of the investigation, which were numerous and defining, were not adequately explained or understood."

    • "Sandusky was an exceptionally effective manipulator and deceiver … One of the most respected child sexual victimization experts in the world has concluded that Joe Paterno, like many others, did not recognize Jerry Sandusky as a child molester after the 2001 incident."

    • Freeh investigators' access to vital documents and critical witnesses was severely limited. "These limitations, which were understated or ignored in the report, call into question the legitimacy of the entire report."

    • The Freeh report is "uniformly biased" against Paterno and its authors "ascribe motives to people they never met or interviewed and interpret ambiguous documents with a clarity and decisiveness that is impossible to justify."

    • One major flaw in the Freeh report is that it does not follow a typical standard of courtroom examinations and independent investigations -- the consideration of a person's lifetime record of "moral conduct and altruism." It treats Paterno's long life "as if it were irrelevant to the case."

    Is this family serious...

    Go Blue!!
  • Key Points of Freeh Report
    • Paterno and others showed "callous and shocking disregard for child victims."
    • Evidence shows Paterno, Spanier, Schultz and Curley did know of 1998 investigation and Paterno "failed to take any action."
    • PSU let Sandusky retire in 1999 "not as a suspected child predator, but as a valued member of the Penn State football legacy," allowing him to groom victims.
    • PSU "concealed critical facts ... to avoid consequences of bad publicity."
    • Paterno "was an integral part of this active decision to conceal" and his firing was justified.
    • PSU did not alert authorities to 2001 assault. Intervening factor in not reporting was conversation between Curley, Paterno.
    • PSU failed to adhere to federal law requiring reporting crimes such as the ones Sandusky committed.

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  • [link=http://m.espn.go.com/wireless/story?storyId=8930657]http://m.espn.go.com/wire.ss/story?storyId=8930657[/link]
    The Paterno family report's authors made 10 conclusions after their review:

    • No evidence exists that Paterno concealed critical information about Sandusky.

    • Paterno, "based on a review of all available evidence, including discussions with attorneys representing Curley, Schultz and Spanier made no attempt to hide any information, hinder or impede any investigation or limit the number of people who were informed of" one the key incidents in the Sandusky scandal. In that 2001 incident, then-assistant coach Mike McQueary witnessed the assault of a boy in the shower by Sandusky and told Paterno about it the next day.

    • No evidence exists that a desire to avoid bad publicity ever motivated Paterno.

    • That the Freeh report "ignored decades of expert research and analysis of the appropriate way to understand and investigate a child sexual victimization case. Consequently, the Freeh report missed a tremendous opportunity to educate the public regarding the behavior of 'nice-guy' acquaintance child molesters."

    • Freeh's investigators "produced a report that fit their expectations despite contrary evidence or a more reasonable interpretation."

    • The report was "oversold to the public, and Penn State officials, the NCAA and other bodies detrimentally relied upon it. The limitations of the investigation, which were numerous and defining, were not adequately explained or understood."

    • "Sandusky was an exceptionally effective manipulator and deceiver … One of the most respected child sexual victimization experts in the world has concluded that Joe Paterno, like many others, did not recognize Jerry Sandusky as a child molester after the 2001 incident."

    • Freeh investigators' access to vital documents and critical witnesses was severely limited. "These limitations, which were understated or ignored in the report, call into question the legitimacy of the entire report."

    • The Freeh report is "uniformly biased" against Paterno and its authors "ascribe motives to people they never met or interviewed and interpret ambiguous documents with a clarity and decisiveness that is impossible to justify."

    • One major flaw in the Freeh report is that it does not follow a typical standard of courtroom examinations and independent investigations -- the consideration of a person's lifetime record of "moral conduct and altruism." It treats Paterno's long life "as if it were irrelevant to the case."

    Is this family serious...

    Go Blue!!
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  • The report they paid for, done by their hand-picked "experts" produced the the fiction they wanted? 
     
    Shocking [;)] I just want the Paterno family to go away. What an embarrassment.
  • Jay Paterno is going to be in studio at ESPN and on Mike and Mike.

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  • [link]http://m.espn.go.com/ncf/story?storyId=8934116[/link]
    Let's pretend for a moment that the Paterno family-bankrolled report is impartial (which it isn't), contains no factual errors (there is at least one glaring mistake) and avoids the same leap-of-faith conclusions that it accuses the big, mean Freeh report of doing (which it doesn't).

    Let's also pretend that this grave and serious 237-page report paid for by the Paterno family isn't going to be followed by a carefully orchestrated Monday appearance by matriarch Sue Paterno on "Katie" -- the same Katie Couric daytime talk show that explores such heavyweight topics as Superstar Psychic Mediums, The Men Of "Silver Linings Playbook," and Busting Mommy Myths.

    I can save you the time of reading through the entire report. It goes like this: Joe Paterno … good. Freeh report … bad. So whaddya say, let's return the statue of JoePa to Beaver Stadium and, hey, Peachy Paterno ice cream cones for everybody!

    Anyway, that's what the authors of the Paterno-commissioned report want you to believe. And just in case you're confused about whose legacy is getting a facelift, the authors don't waste any time. The title of the report leaves no wiggle room: "The Rush To Injustice Regarding Joe Paterno."

    Not, "The Rush To Injustice Regarding Former Penn State President Graham Spanier." Or former athletic director Tim Curley. Or former school vice president Gary Schultz. Nope -- just Joe Paterno. If those three mopes want some bleach applied to their soiled reputations, they'll have to commission their own report on their own dime. And good luck getting the talent booker for "Katie" to return your calls.

    According to the Paterno family report, the Freeh report unjustly and wrongly excoriated Paterno for his alleged role in a cover-up relative to the child sex abuse scandal involving former longtime Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. In a nutshell, says the Paterno report, Joe Paterno didn't know much, and of what he knew, he passed along to his "superior," Curley. And when he was done with that bit of uncomfortable business, he resumed his duties as a coach and educator.

    I'm not saying the Freeh report is perfect. It isn't. Despite its $6.5 million price tag, there were some holes in its investigative net, beginning with its lack of subpoena power. Mistakes were made.

    I'm also not saying the Paterno family report should be ignored. It shouldn't. It should be read, considered, but also taken for what it is: a document with an agenda. And the agenda was to clear Joe Paterno's name.

    Listed in the summary of the report is "prominent Washington attorney Wick Sollers." Sollers is not only prominent, he's the Paterno's family lawyer. He has a dog in the fight.

    Another of the report's "independent experts," former U.S. attorney general Dick Thornburgh, knew Joe Paterno. But, says Sollers, Thornburgh and Paterno "were not close."

    This is the same Thornburgh whom, as governor of Pennsylvania, shared the stage with Paterno at Orange and Fiesta Bowl airport pep rallies, spoke to the Penn State team and all but waved blue and white pompoms.

    This is the same Thornburgh whom Paterno, at the request of the late Alabama coach Bear Bryant, asked that a highway lane between State College and Harrisburg be closed so the Crimson Tide bus wouldn't get stuck in postgame traffic.

    Go Blue!!
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