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The Prosecution Delivers Closing Remarks

The Prosecution Delivers Closing Remarks | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

With the prosecution's Joe McGettigan (sarcastic, at times) closing statement, the jury was reminded of the Victims and the fact that this case is about them. They were also presented with a bit of a mockery of the claims that this whole trial is a conspiracy against Jerry Sandusly (claimed by Amendola).


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We Are Penn State

We Are Penn State | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

‎"Penn State Football doesn't define us. We are so much more than that. We are the number one school in the country among recruiters from leading companies, according to the Wall Street Journal. We are a leading research institution accredited by the National Science Foundation. We are over 94,000 students across campuses, with alumni in every state and 87 foreign countries. We are the creators of the number one student-run philanthropy in the world, raising over $78 million for the Four Diamonds Fund since THON's creation in 1977. Don't forget how incredible this university is, and don't allow irresponsible oversight to destroy our reputation. For the Glory."

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Graham Spanier charged in Jerry Sandusky case

Document outlining the charges against Graham Spanier, former president of Penn State.

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Ex-PSU President Graham Spanier charged with obstruction, endangerment and perjury; more charges filed against other administrators

Ex-PSU President Graham Spanier charged with obstruction, endangerment and perjury; more charges filed against other administrators | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

Spanier faces eight charges. Three are felonies.

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Penn State: For The Kids, Not For The Glory | Davis Shaver

Penn State: For The Kids, Not For The Glory | Davis Shaver | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

This I happen to agree with. If you really think about the meaning of the phrase "For the Glory," that is exactly why the four men involved in this coverup did what they did. It was "For the Glory" of the football program and the university overall that they decided not to share information that they knew. It was for the legacy, the fame, the spotless record. Ironically enough, now they are the ones that have tarnished that very glory.

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Spanier's Attorneys Release Statement

Spanier's Attorneys Release Statement | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

Statement from Graham Spanier's attorneys:


"While we disagree with certain of Judge Freeh’s conclusions, Dr. Spanier joins with others in hoping that the University will never have to endure such a traumatic chapter again."

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Paterno family's statement on Freeh report - CNN

Paterno family's statement on Freeh report - CNN | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

Following the release of the Freeh report this morning, the Paterno family released a statement of their own. It seems as though they are still firm believers that Joe Paterno could not have known about the abuse that was occuring and not said anything. 


According to the report, Joe Paterno was one of the four key Penn State administrators who decided to cover up the fact that Jerry sandusky was commiting the heinous crimes that he was convicted of just a few short weeks ago.


It is hard for any of us to understand the position that the Paterno family must be in right now, as they are the most shocked out of any of us. To them, Joe Paterno wasn't Joe Paterno - he was a husband, he was a father, he was a grandfather. To find out this information about one of your family members; a person with whom you spent the majority of your days and nights behind closed doors, is not an easy thing to cope with. Bearing with the grief, shock, and denial of the Paterno family is probably next to impossible for this family, and it is also something that we need to keep in mind.  (not saying that they are correct in saying that the accusations against Paterno are wrong)


I just hope that this is the last statement that they release for a while.

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Joe Paterno’s Family Released Damage Control Statement in Anticipation of Freeh Report | The Big Lead

Joe Paterno’s Family Released Damage Control Statement in Anticipation of Freeh Report | The Big Lead | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

I'm intrigued by the way the refer to the statement as "damage cotrol." This is exactly how I've been feeling about all of the Paterno statements, as they seem to be saying the same thing over and over again before anything actually happens. It just appears as though they are trying very very hard to defend Joe before any information has even come out.


I'm also especially intrigued with the last part of the article, which references the part of the statement that says "Joe Paterno is the only person who publicly acknowledged that with the benefit of hindsight he wished he had done more. This was an honest and courageous admission....."


So, he may have admitted that, but it still does not absolve him of whatever he may have done or not done. In response to this, the writer claimes that "A 'true leader' accepts full responsibility in the moment, not 'a measure' of it long after the time for decisive action has passed."


I'm afraid I happen to agree with this sentiment, and it makes me want to point out that, of course, hindsight is always 20/20. If Jerry Sandusky would have said that he wished he hadn't done it, no one would care, because he did.


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Juror Tells NBC's Today Show He Knew Sandusky Was Guilty by Look on His Face

Juror Tells NBC's Today Show He Knew Sandusky Was Guilty by Look on His Face | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

From StateCollege.com:


"'I looked at him during the reading of the verdict, and the look on his face, no real emotion, just kind of accepting, you know, because he knew it was true,' juror Joshua Harper told NBC."

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Joe Paterno Family Releases Statement

Joe Paterno Family Releases Statement | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

Paterno family: 


"Although we understand the task of healing is just beginning, today’s verdict is an important milestone. The community owes a measure of gratitude to the jurors for their diligent service. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and their families."

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GUILTY: Jerry Sandusky Convicted on 45 Counts

GUILTY: Jerry Sandusky Convicted on 45 Counts | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

"After just over 21 hours, the verdict is in. Jerry Sandusky has been convicted of 45 counts stemming from child abuse committed over the last two decades.


At 9:57 p.m., the jury foreman slowly approached the microphone, and delivered the verdict."


Guilty on 45/48 counts.


Here's a complete list if all the charges and findings.

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Sandusky Trial: Day Nine [Live Blog] Jury Deliberation

Sandusky Trial: Day Nine [Live Blog] Jury Deliberation | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

Follow along with Onward State's live coverage of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Gerald A. Sandusky from Bellefonte.

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Sandusky's adopted son, Matt, says he is a victim and would have testified, lawyer says

Sandusky's adopted son, Matt, says he is a victim and would have testified, lawyer says | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

Now, Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, Matt, who lived with the Sanduskys as a child, is saying that he was also a victim of his adoptive father.

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Judge Cleland Delivers Jury Instructions

Judge Cleland Delivers Jury Instructions | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

Before jury deliberation began, Judge Cleland delivered some specific instructions to the jurors.

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Sandusky Scandal: A Year in Pictures

Sandusky Scandal: A Year in Pictures | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

"Exactly one year ago, the grand jury report was released, ushering in a year of struggle and change, presented visually by Onward State"

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Mike McQueary Files Defamation Suit Against Penn State Over Jerry Sandusky Abuse Scandal

Mike McQueary Files Defamation Suit Against Penn State Over Jerry Sandusky Abuse Scandal | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

"Spanier's statements have irreparably harmed (McQueary's) reputation for honesty and integrity, and have irreparably harmed (his) ability to earn a living, especially in his chosen profession of coaching football," the lawsuit said.

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Lawyers for Graham B. Spanier Call Claims in Freeh Report a Myth

Lawyers for Graham B. Spanier Call Claims in Freeh Report a Myth | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

"Graham B. Spanier, who was fired as president of Penn State, said in a magazine interview that he had no reason to suspect Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing children."

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The Joe Paterno Statue on Penn State campus

The Joe Paterno Statue on Penn State campus | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

"The importance of that image, and the image of Penn State to senior officials was more important than living up to that image. That’s why I think the embodiment of that mindset, the Joe Paterno statue, should be removed from the University Park campus. That may not be a popular opinion, but symbols matter and neglecting to change this particular symbol would indicate that not much has really changed, showing a “we wouldn’t want to upset the boosters or former players” attitude. True leadership does not mean taking a popularity poll on every issue but taking hard stands on critical issues that might be unpopular. I would encourage Penn State to step forward and make the hard choice…something that the (now deposed) Penn State leadership has failed to do. It won’t undo the damage, but it’s a symbolic fresh start."


Like Seth points out, Penn Staters will be extremely disappointed to see the statue come down, but that doesn't necessarily mean that we don't agree with it. It is true that Joe Paterno did a lot of good for the University, and that he should not be completely deleted from its history, but it is also true that the Penn State leaders did not hold themselves to the moral standard that the statue is supposed to represet. I thank Seth for this very interesting point that many of us fail to see due to the fact that emotions get in the way of truly understanding what a statue means.

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Seth Dixon's comment, July 13, 2012 6:49 PM
Thanks Ally. It's was a painful piece for me to write since I love Penn State, but don't think that what is "good for Penn State" is always going to be the right choice. Out of curiosity, what do you think should happen on campus?
Ally Greer's comment, July 13, 2012 7:01 PM
Honestly, throughout all of this, I really haven't known what to think. At this point, I do think that the statue should come down. I really mean it when I say that you gave me a great perspective on the situation and what the statue itself represents. Just because the statue is taken down doesn't mean that Joe Paterno will be deleted from the entire history of the school, as he did do a lot of good. However, I do think that the school, administration, and especially the football program need to start over on a clean slate, and this will not be possible if the statue is left standing. It's time to start moving forward. It's hard for me to say as well, because my heart really does belong to Penn State, but I know that I don't feel this way simply because of Joe Paterno. I feel this way because of my education, my professors, my experiences, my friends, etc. I think that it would cause a pretty big commotion if the statue was taken down, but as you said, it is what is necessary.
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Nike Removes Paterno Name from Childcare Center

Nike Removes Paterno Name from Childcare Center | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

Nike has decided to remove Joe Paterno's name from its Child Development Center located in Beaverton, Oregon.

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The Freeh Report on Pennsylvania State University | Judge Louis Freeh investigation on PSU

The Freeh Report on Pennsylvania State University | Judge Louis Freeh investigation on PSU | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

Independent report by Judge Louis Freeh into the actions of The Pennsylvania State University surrounding former employee Gerald A. Sandusky.


Here it is. I haven't read through all of its 267 pages yet, so I can't comment. Let's see where this takes us.

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Pre-Death Joe Paterno Column Released

Pre-Death Joe Paterno Column Released | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

Joe Paterno:


"It must stop. This is not a football scandal and should not be treated as one. It is not an academic scandal and does not in any way tarnish the hard earned and well-deserved academic reputation of Penn State. That Penn State officials would suggest otherwise is a disservice to every one of the over 500,000 living alumni."


...whatever conclusions about my or others’ conduct you may wish to draw from a fair view of the allegations, it is inarguable that these actions had nothing to do with this last team or any of the hundreds of prior graduates.."

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Statement from Penn State

Statement from Penn State | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

"The legal process has spoken and we have tremendous respect for the men who came forward to tell their stories publicly. No verdict can undo the pain and suffering caused by Mr. Sandusky, but we do hope this judgment helps the victims and their families along their path to healing."



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Jerry Sandusky Convicted of Sexually Abusing Boys

Jerry Sandusky Convicted of Sexually Abusing Boys | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 charges against him. He will face anywhere from 60-442 years in prison.

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Sandusky jury begins deliberations

Sandusky jury begins deliberations | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

From NBCSports:

"Jerry Sandusky was either a "predatory pedophile" who lured young boys to Penn State with gifts and access to big-time football, or a victim of now-grown men who lied to get a payout."

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The Prosecution Delivers Closing Remarks

The Prosecution Delivers Closing Remarks | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

With the prosecution's Joe McGettigan (sarcastic, at times) closing statement, the jury was reminded of the Victims and the fact that this case is about them. They were also presented with a bit of a mockery of the claims that this whole trial is a conspiracy against Jerry Sandusly (claimed by Amendola).


The jury entered deliberation at 1:12pm EST.

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Sandusky Trial: Day Eight [Live Blog] Jury Deliberations

Sandusky Trial: Day Eight [Live Blog] Jury Deliberations | Scandal at Penn State | Scoop.it

Follow along with Onward State's live coverage of Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Gerald A. Sandusky from Bellefonte.

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