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The Injustice Done to Joe Paterno
National Review Online ^ | January 30, 2012 | Michael Novak

Posted on 01/31/2012 8:44:20 AM PST by Neverforget01

When the hundreds of thousands of Penn State alumni hear the name JoePa, they think of moral leadership, of the kind of person they aspire to be. Of his warmth, his fatherliness, his steadiness, and his granite character. Joe Paterno was for hundreds of thousands of alumni the very model of the moral ideal of Western humanism.

Hundreds of thousands of alumni think a huge injustice was committed against JoePa by the board of trustees, and they have emphatically expressed their sentiments to the new interim president of Penn State during his coast-to-coast series of alumni meetings to damp down the great anger he is encountering.

First news of the Sandusky scandal, in which longtime defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually molesting underage boys, broke in March 2011, and it came before the board of trustees that June. They said it was not a Penn State problem, because Sandusky had left the university in 1999, though he continued to use an office there for several more years. It was a problem for the institution Sandusky had founded, the Second Mile organization for youngsters.

Then, quite suddenly in November 2011, with a huge national scandal erupting, the board suddenly acted as if the burden were on them. They did not weigh their own responsibility, their own inaction, their own failure to get to the bottom of the scandal of five months earlier. In a fit of what to many alumni seems to have been fear for themselves, the board’s members ducked their own responsibility, and in the most ignoble and impersonal way, made JoePa, the moral giant of Penn State, a moral outcast.

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TOPICS: Education; Sports
KEYWORDS: blindeye; dirtbag; enabler; integrity; legend; morethanfootball; paterno; pedophile; pennstate
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Michael Novak is the author of The Joy of Sports, which was chosen by Sports Illustrated as one of the 100 best sports books of the 20th century. His website is www.michaelnovak.net.
1 posted on 01/31/2012 8:44:34 AM PST by Neverforget01
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To: Neverforget01

Joe Paterno is a piece of human trash.

Remember- Jesus loves the children the most.

Quite the coincidence that he died so quickly after this, huh?

Scumbag.


2 posted on 01/31/2012 8:45:59 AM PST by Individual Rights in NJ (Infidel Inside)
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To: Neverforget01
Paterno is no different than Cardinal Law other than Cardinal Law hasn't assumed room temperature yet. They both protected child rapists.

3 posted on 01/31/2012 8:49:07 AM PST by TSgt (Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: Neverforget01

Why don’t they let the poor guy rest in peace.


4 posted on 01/31/2012 8:50:05 AM PST by DManA
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To: Neverforget01

“Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually molesting underage boys”

The writer is trying to condition his readers to think that if the boys hadn’t been “underage” all would have been well. This is a good example of sodomite spin.


5 posted on 01/31/2012 8:51:04 AM PST by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: Individual Rights in NJ

This will never be over. JoePa went to his chain of command and said that their are rumors going around from the young guy saying that the other guy is bonking kids. The upper chain did nothing. If Joe himself saw what was going on then I could see this being a negative, but that kid is the one who should be strung up. He literally saw it and waited 24 hours to go to Joe who then went to his supervisors. I would love to know what that young kid said to Joe. “Oh Joe. I think I was the child molester bonking a kid yesterday in the shower.” Joe said, “You think?” The kid says, “Yes that is what I think was happening.”. Joe said, “Well I am going to the chain of command over this.” Man you guys make something bigger than it was. Everyone keeps saying 10 children but the main point was one and Joe was not even sure it actually happened because the young kid was not positive.


6 posted on 01/31/2012 8:51:06 AM PST by napscoordinator (Go Newt! Go Patriots (America's Team)! America's is going the right direction in 2012!!!)
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To: Individual Rights in NJ

Concur.


7 posted on 01/31/2012 8:51:58 AM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: TSgt

Yep.

Remember- Jesus loves the children the most.

I’ve read every bit of this scandal head to toe.

In the end, it is all nonsense BS!

If you know something like that (little children being harmed) you don’t question how to handle it. You don’t deal within your organization. There is only ONE single sane, human response to that knowledge- GO DIRECTLY TO THE POLICE.

If the locals won’t hear of it, go to the county, then to the state, then to the feds, then to the press.

I mean this isn’t rocket science. Anyone with even a shred of a heart and morality would know the obvious move here.

Like I said- scumbag Paterno got what he deserved. Death in disgrace, his devilish career and success destroyed before he departed (funny how the devil’s gifts never really pan out, huh?) and hopefully an eternity of torture in hell.


8 posted on 01/31/2012 8:52:54 AM PST by Individual Rights in NJ (Infidel Inside)
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To: Individual Rights in NJ

Jesus loved the widows and orphans (adult orphans as well) as much, perhaps more than he loved children (true religion being that you care for widows and orphans in their distress).

So I don’t hear you railing about coaches who don’t support children’s homes for orphans, or coaches who don’t write checks for widows and widowers.

You got a Paterno Derangement Syndrome problem?


9 posted on 01/31/2012 8:53:36 AM PST by ColoCdn (Neco eos omnes, Deus suos agnoset)
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To: napscoordinator

THAT IS A POLICE ISSUE.

IF YOU ARE AWARE OF A CRIME YOU MUST REPORT IT TO THE CORRECT AUTHORITIES.

YOU DO NOT HUDDLE WITH YOUR “BOYS” and decide what is good for the group.

Or are you saying that I can do that with my personal discretion if I saw one of YOUR family members being attacked.... (Oh that wasn’t sexual assault that guy just accidentally grabbed her breast on the subway.. I’ll just ignore it).


10 posted on 01/31/2012 8:55:40 AM PST by Individual Rights in NJ (Infidel Inside)
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To: Neverforget01

I think the author should start praying to the messiah Paterno, now that he has ascended into heaven.


11 posted on 01/31/2012 8:56:07 AM PST by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 ! We should take off and Newt washington from orbit.)
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To: Neverforget01
I'll save my sympathy for the 12 year old who was escorted out of Paterno's showers, bleeding from the ass, by his rapist.

Joe knew it happened. Joe still let the rapist on his campus. Joe let the rapist bring other boys to overnight Penn State football events. Joe still employed the scumbag who let the rapist finish the assault and leave with the child. And Joe never once followed up with the police or anybody else as to the welfare of that child. He could still be under Sandusky's porch for all we know.

If Novak's only point was that more heads should have rolled at Penn State, I'd be with him. But Paterno deserved to be fired and they should have sent his statue with him.

12 posted on 01/31/2012 8:59:43 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Individual Rights in NJ

First of all. That young guy who saw the action should have gone directly to the police immediately. I can’t believe he is being looked at as some sort of Saint. He was wrong in the first place. Secondly, we have know idea what he said to Joe. I mean rumors fly around a lot. Had Joe witnessed the assault and only went to his superiors, then I would be disgusted with Joe for sure. But he took secondary information to his superiors. Heck in a court Joe could not even use this information as second hand information. The judge would throw it out.


13 posted on 01/31/2012 8:59:57 AM PST by napscoordinator (Go Newt! Go Patriots (America's Team)! America's is going the right direction in 2012!!!)
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To: Neverforget01

either thte title should be “the injustice done to the children by jopa’s people”,, or there should be a barf alert


14 posted on 01/31/2012 8:59:57 AM PST by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: ColoCdn

Where is the short in your wiring?

That is the most ridiculous attempt at a metaphor ever.

The correct comparison would be if I didn’t feel the same way about a coach who knew a home for orphans was being burned down (or of a plan to do so) or used for molestation and not reporting it.

Not simply not supporting something. No one is mad at him for not campaigning against abusers in general.

Get a grip, man.


15 posted on 01/31/2012 9:00:02 AM PST by Individual Rights in NJ (Infidel Inside)
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To: Neverforget01

The comments on the National Review site are worth reading. On target, and 10-1 opposed to this dreadful jock-worshiping column by Novak.


16 posted on 01/31/2012 9:00:54 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Liberalism: Ideas so good, they have to be mandatory!!)
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To: napscoordinator

Well, sure.

That kid is the absolute worst of the lot, but that doesn’t exonerate Joe.

You still morally culpable, even if someone is more culpable.

It’s not either or.


17 posted on 01/31/2012 9:01:30 AM PST by Individual Rights in NJ (Infidel Inside)
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To: napscoordinator

Well, sure.

That kid is the absolute worst of the lot, but that doesn’t exonerate Joe.

You’re still morally culpable, even if someone is more culpable.

It’s not either or.


18 posted on 01/31/2012 9:01:45 AM PST by Individual Rights in NJ (Infidel Inside)
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To: achilles2000

Great point. In fact I have even read how some editorialists try to let many of those priests of the hook by their pointing out that many of the victims were adolescents as opposed to children.


19 posted on 01/31/2012 9:02:07 AM PST by Republican1795.
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To: Individual Rights in NJ

Bottom line. The Almighty will have the final say on Joe. We will never know how that turned out until we either see him up in Heaven or join him down in the hot spot.


20 posted on 01/31/2012 9:04:07 AM PST by napscoordinator (Go Newt! Go Patriots (America's Team)! America's is going the right direction in 2012!!!)
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To: DManA
Why don’t they let the poor guy rest in peace.[sic]

Maybe because the children who have been affected by this tragedy probably won't be at peace for the rest of their lives!

21 posted on 01/31/2012 9:04:31 AM PST by JohnG45
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To: napscoordinator

Amen.

I’ll trust in that judgment 100% of the time.


22 posted on 01/31/2012 9:05:44 AM PST by Individual Rights in NJ (Infidel Inside)
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To: napscoordinator
That young guy who saw the action should have gone directly to the police immediately. I can’t believe he is being looked at as some sort of Saint.

What are you talking about?!?

That guy is regarded as America's biggest pussy. A 6'3" former football player who saw an old man raping a child and ran away to ask his daddy what to do?! Nobody exonerates him. In my book, he's number 2 or 3 on the scumbag list in this affair, depending on what Mrs. Sandusky knew.

There is almost no end to the number of people who acted shamelessly in this situation. Joe Pa is up there, but he's not at the top.

23 posted on 01/31/2012 9:07:21 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Notary Sojac
"The comments on the National Review site are worth reading. On target, and 10-1 opposed to this dreadful jock-worshiping column by Novak."

Agree -
But what the hell was NRO thinking when they published that despicable column on their website?
K. Lopez - she's the editor of NRO - she's been prety silent about this - what's up with that?

24 posted on 01/31/2012 9:07:38 AM PST by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: Neverforget01

The comments on the National Review site are worth reading. On target, and 10-1 opposed to this dreadful jock-worshiping column by Novak.


25 posted on 01/31/2012 9:08:12 AM PST by Notary Sojac (Liberalism: Ideas so good, they have to be mandatory!!)
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To: napscoordinator
That young guy who saw the action should have belted Sandusky in the nose and gotten then kid away from him, THEN gone directly to the police

Fixed it. Some crimes need to be responded to with an appropriate measure of force, immediately.

26 posted on 01/31/2012 9:08:51 AM PST by wbill
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To: JohnG45

My point is these defenders are inviting, forcing us really, to continue to criticize the man. To counter these phony defenses.


27 posted on 01/31/2012 9:10:05 AM PST by DManA
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To: Neverforget01
Paterno's coaching legacy is secure. History will record his culpability as not having taken appropriate action.

The Sandusky scandal is a stain on an otherwise great career and is certainly a sad way to go out. IMO dismissing Paterno was the correct action. Some things are more important than a happy ending to one man's career.

28 posted on 01/31/2012 9:10:42 AM PST by GSWarrior (Click HERE to activate this tagline.)
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To: Neverforget01

Novak figured out a way to draw yet more angry scorn on Joe Paterno.


29 posted on 01/31/2012 9:11:00 AM PST by bvw
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To: DManA

“Why don’t they let the poor guy rest in peace.”

Because phonies like “Individual Rights in NJ” never want to miss a chance to grab the moral highground.

Hypocrites such as IR in NJ are like hyenas pouncing on a carcass, driven by bloodlust and a desperate need to tear down their betters.

What pathetic little people they are.


30 posted on 01/31/2012 9:12:17 AM PST by Walrus (Political correctness, the terminal disease of liberty)
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To: dead
In my book, he's number 2 or 3 on the scumbag list in this affair, depending on what Mrs. Sandusky knew.

Roger that.

Whatever happened to the reporter who made allegations that Sandusky was "procuring" boys for high dollar donors. That story got really quiet, really quickly.

You're right that Joe P is no saint, but there's a whole lot of blame to go around from the top on down.

31 posted on 01/31/2012 9:12:17 AM PST by wbill
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To: Neverforget01

F U J P


32 posted on 01/31/2012 9:21:53 AM PST by ▀udda▀udd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona)
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To: DManA
Why don’t they let the poor guy rest in peace.

Because they're too busy beating their chests in moral superiority to realize Paterno isn't the child molester. It wasn't his place to investigate Sandusky. And since he only had second hand info on one incident there isn't a damn thing he could have done about it except what he did do, report it to the proper authority.

33 posted on 01/31/2012 9:22:42 AM PST by NEPA (Give me liberty, not debt)
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To: Individual Rights in NJ

The thousands of lives he helped speak loudly against your contention.
He did what was required and seemed best at the time. In retrospect, we
all wish we’d handled situations differently.

I will withhold judgment until the details of the entire sordid
case against Sandusky are revealed.

Until then, I will stand next to a man who has continually given
not just time, but personal commitment and money over decades.

... and who died with no bitterness or grudge and exhorted his
family to do the same.


34 posted on 01/31/2012 9:23:02 AM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Proud RINOmney Denialist since 2007!)
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To: napscoordinator

Regardless of the chain of events as currently told and morphed, if Mr. Paterno had knowledge of someone he knew and had some measure of control over who did, possibly did, or thought about molesting A young boy, young boys, whatever -—if he did nothing about it except to ‘elevate’ it and demur, when he, as coach and master of the sports domain at PSU who had utter control over the comings and goings and status of people who operate there, then he was complicit.

On something such as egregious as molestation, you don’t accept or ignore ‘rumors’. A decent man would confront and ask, face-to-face. Had he done this, his legacy would be untainted.


35 posted on 01/31/2012 9:23:01 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Neverforget01
I never could fathom sports fanatics: even when someone in a position of responsibility shields a harmful pervert, they find some reason to whitewash what they've done.

So, if Joe Paterno wasn't involved in sports - let's say he was just a manager of a department store and he protected one his childer molester employees - would they have kind words for him?

36 posted on 01/31/2012 9:25:23 AM PST by Chainmail
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To: Gaffer; napscoordinator

I agree with Gaffer. I cannot excuse Joe P’s looking the other way over the years as Sandusky still had access to facilities at PSU, seems to have brought young boys along on trips, etc. If it was YOUR SON, would you be letting Joe P off the hook this way? I think the last count was 12 that had come forward. There are likely more. If Joe had acted properly (go to the police) when he first became aware of it, at least several boys would never have been victims of Sandusky.


37 posted on 01/31/2012 9:27:59 AM PST by NEMDF
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To: Republican1795.
It's not a matter of "letting them off the hook" - both categories of offender deserve the harshest possible punishment.

It's a matter of making a distinction between two different pathologies.

38 posted on 01/31/2012 9:28:12 AM PST by wideawake
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To: Chainmail
Sports are substitute and sublimation for tribalism and the phenomenon known as "amoral familism."

It's a natural human impulse, but it is a dangerous one and it can be expressed very grotesquely.

39 posted on 01/31/2012 9:30:47 AM PST by wideawake
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To: napscoordinator

The Board of Trustees consists of 48 members, including appointees, elective, ex-officio — blah, blah, blah. Large bodies such as this do not function efficiently until there is an ‘event’ that focuses their attention. Unfortunately when that happens they tend to move in a rapid, knee-jerk fashion.

The Trustees are still floundering. I bet the sole thing that they can agree on is to try to limit the damage to the football program since that ‘bomb’ has already exploded. I don’t have a lot of hope that the investigations are going to get to the bottom of the Sandusky-affair and what I suspect is a much larger hidden problem in State College, PA.

Joe Paterno should have done more. He should have notified child welfare & law enforcement directly. It was a moral failure on his part. He shouldn’t have been fired in the manner he was, but he still should have been fired.

I can’t help wishing that Joe would have taken retirement years ago. A new coach would have rated closer outside supervision. Nobody looked over Joe’s shoulder. He would’t tolerate it.

That Board of Trustees needs to get whittled down to a more manageable size.


40 posted on 01/31/2012 9:34:29 AM PST by Tallguy (It's all 'Fun and Games' until somebody loses an eye!)
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To: wideawake
What happened @ Penn State could not have happened without Joe Paterno’s knowledge. Evil prevails when good men do nothing.
He keep silent while children were ravaged to preserve his football legacy.
Sorry to say but I hope Joe is wearing an asbestos suit
41 posted on 01/31/2012 9:36:10 AM PST by TsonicTsunami08
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To: Neverforget01
The injustice was that Paterno knew for over a decade what the “at risk” youth of “Second Mile” were actually at risk for, while Sandusky paraded a bevy of boys around the PennPedo State Campus.

The guy is absolute scum who thought football more important than a bunch of “at risk” youth. Only if they could play football was Paterno interested in them as a person - otherwise Sandusky could do what he wanted with them.

If he didn't think McQuerry’s report was credible - why was McQuerry hired onto the team for the next decade? If he was credible - then what was Sandusky doing parading young boys around “happy” valley for the next ten years.

Paterno is absolute scum - as is those members of Penn State and the community who saw and see nothing wrong with the events as they happened in regards to the decades long inaction of a man who enabled pedophilia and allowed it to go on right under his nose and said nothing - because to him football was more important.

Absolute scum.

42 posted on 01/31/2012 9:48:41 AM PST by allmendream (Tea Party did not send the GOP to D.C. to negotiate the terms of our surrender to socialism.)
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To: Individual Rights in NJ

Actually, there is a second, sane response: beat the living piss out of the perp, THEN go to the police.


43 posted on 01/31/2012 9:52:46 AM PST by bolobaby
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To: napscoordinator
Well it depends what really happened

Paterno goes to "the Chain of command", and says "Jerry Sandusky has been seen manboy-loving in Penn State showers ..." and finishes.

Option 1: "... investigate this"

Option 2: "... cover this up"

Which option did he choose? we can only go by what subsequently happened.

44 posted on 01/31/2012 10:01:05 AM PST by Oztrich Boy
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To: Notary Sojac

Ok - I didn’t read all 300-and-some-odd comments, but your 10 to 1 report is way out of line! Lies, Damn lies and Statistics.


45 posted on 01/31/2012 10:02:21 AM PST by PA BOOKENDS
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To: dead

Amen


46 posted on 01/31/2012 10:08:47 AM PST by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: bolobaby

Yes, sorry I thought that was assumed =).


47 posted on 01/31/2012 10:38:52 AM PST by Individual Rights in NJ (Infidel Inside)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

Yep. The old saying starts “Build a thousand bridges, but...”


48 posted on 01/31/2012 10:55:02 AM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: Chainmail
So, if Joe Paterno wasn't involved in sports - let's say he was just a manager of a department store and he protected one his childer molester employees - would they have kind words for him?

Sandusky was not an employee at the time. If Paterno falsely accused a private citizen based on a vague charge by an assistant coach(Paterno saw nothing and there are questions as to what McQueary actually told him)and that charge was proven wrong...Paterno could be sued into oblivion. Paterno took the witness to those who could investigate. Paterno was the ONLY one at PSU who did what he was supposed to.

This is going to get more interesting as the facts reveal Corbett (gov of PA) was AG and in charge of the investigation in '09.

49 posted on 01/31/2012 11:02:04 AM PST by Neverforget01 (Beating Romney is so easy McCain did it.)
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To: Individual Rights in NJ
Like I said- scumbag Paterno got what he deserved. Death in disgrace, his devilish career and success destroyed before he departed (funny how the devil’s gifts never really pan out, huh?) and hopefully an eternity of torture in hell

I am guessing you missed his memorial service. You couldn't be more wrong.

50 posted on 01/31/2012 11:05:43 AM PST by Neverforget01 (Beating Romney is so easy McCain did it.)
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