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Penn State's Legal Liability is Serious, Analysts Say [ 2011-12 budget $279M state appropriations]
Philly.Com ^ | Thu, Nov. 10, 2011 | Chris Mondics

Posted on 11/10/2011 2:55:54 PM PST by fight_truth_decay

In addition to severe reputational damage, Pennsylvania State University faces the prospect of huge financial exposure from lawsuits by sexual-abuse victims who can credibly charge the university had ample warning that its former assistant football coach preyed on children but did little or nothing to stop it, say trial lawyers who have been following the case.

Particularly troubling for the university, at least from a legal liability standpoint, is that the broad parameters of a civil case already are being vividly laid out by state Attorney General Linda Kelly.

Casey says the legal issues are relatively simple. The university had known that a dangerous condition existed on its premises but did not take steps to correct it.

Casey won an $85 million jury verdict in 2008 for a former University of Pennsylvania medical student who plunged through an open manhole cover on his way to classes, shattering his spine.

Jeff Anderson, a high-profile plaintiffs lawyer based in Minnesota who is representing clients in several lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, says the Penn State scandal bears striking similarities to cases of sexual abuse by priests of young boys that have plagued the church for more than a decade.

(Excerpt) Read more at philly.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; pederastagenda; pederasts; pederasty; pennstate; sandusky; taxpayerfunded
Yet the only information about Penn State [a public university, one of the highest in-state tuitions of any state] available to the taxpayer is some salary data and an IRS 990 report.

http://deadspin.com/5857531/how-penn-state-sucks-up-taxpayer-money-and-hides-its-ugly-behavior-from-taxpayers

Who will pay the court costs for upcoming trials, law suits? The taxpayer as usual?

Another famous notable at Penn State who has faced scandal is the famous climate scientist Michael Mann exposed in stolen emails, who came by $3 Bil in stimulus federal grant money [taxpayer money] which helped stimulate his own career. Mann faced scrutiny for the discredited hockey stick graph, and was a key player in the emails from the University of East Anglia. A Virginia Judge just restricted release of emails among climate scientists in "the public's right to know" where taxpayer money funds these universities.

1 posted on 11/10/2011 2:55:59 PM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Oh, lets hear again and again how noble Paterno “did everything for the good of Penn State”...

Hey, JoePa..how about coughing up your savings to pay for this legal stuff so the taxpayors don’t have to pay for the damages.

and Paterno strutting around...he should be ‘devestated” at what happened under his watch.
Yeah JoePa...hang with your fans and all your “buddies” and big donors that you sucked up to to get your “fame”....don’t bother about a 10 year old—lots of them being raped...just be the “Big Man on Campus!”


2 posted on 11/10/2011 3:02:00 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Rick Perry 2012)
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To: Tribune7

You sure are busy this week.


3 posted on 11/10/2011 3:03:30 PM PST by randita (I'm not a percentage. I'm a free person.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Well maybe they could save money by turning their Pen State tee shirts inside out so they read State Pen because that’s were some of these folks will be living.


4 posted on 11/10/2011 3:04:26 PM PST by Random Access
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To: fight_truth_decay
It may be cheaper to close down
Penn State going forward.

5 posted on 11/10/2011 3:05:00 PM PST by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your law is my delight.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Can you say, “Bailout”?


6 posted on 11/10/2011 3:06:01 PM PST by dfwgator (I stand with Herman Cain.)
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To: fight_truth_decay; All
Part of the exposure here, too...

Sandusky's sports camps went beyond State College

IOW, we haven't likely come close to the # of victims yet...

We know Sandusky ran camps not only thru the Second Mile Foundation, but also under his own personal entity: Sandusky Associates.

He ran sports camps for 4th graders on up @ the following campuses (some of these thru 2008):

* Penn State Erie (Penn State Behrend),
* Penn State Harrisburg (Capital College in Middletown)
* Robert Morris University
* Muhlenberg College
* Among others

[Parents in PA...if your kid -- even now grown-up adult -- attended a sports camp @ one of these sites...talk to them]

Note that two of the campuses that Sandusky had continued access to after 2002 were Penn State satellite campuses...IOW Penn State was willing to expose itself on other campuses for the sake of the continued "glory" of THE Penn State fooball program and its local personality god, JoePa.

For details see:
* Penn State assistant coach ran kid camps after ban
* Sandusky led camp at Penn State Behrend ['Snow ball effect beyond State College]

7 posted on 11/10/2011 3:09:13 PM PST by Colofornian (The Ped State KNitKinsey Lionizers: The campus which most now love to loathe!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

This will break the Penn State program.


8 posted on 11/10/2011 3:09:28 PM PST by trumandogz (In Rick Perry's Nanny State, the state will drive your kids to the dentist at tax payer expense)
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To: trumandogz

Penn State will be so poor that they’ll start scheduling Maryland again just to beat up on someone.


9 posted on 11/10/2011 3:12:32 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: trumandogz
This will break the Penn State program.

It should break Penn State.

10 posted on 11/10/2011 3:20:40 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: All
IOW Penn State was willing to expose itself on other campuses for the sake of the continued "glory" of THE Penn State fooball program and its local personality god, JoePa.

Hmm...I guess this was a "case" of legal liability "exhibitionists" catering to the illegal pedophiles.

Maybe to accommodate ALL of them we just need to call it Perv State vs. Ped State...'cause it sounds like they've got quite a bit of "sexual orientation" diversity goin' on there.

11 posted on 11/10/2011 3:20:44 PM PST by Colofornian (The Perv State KNitKinsey Lionizers: The campus which most now love to loathe!)
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To: GAB-1955

Disgaceful bastards that allowed this to go unpunished for the sake of thier stinking jobs and thier professional lives. Lock them all up, they are accessories to a crime


12 posted on 11/10/2011 3:21:03 PM PST by ronnie raygun (V)
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To: fight_truth_decay

PSU has over $1.5 billion endowment systemwide. I don’t know the guidelines for accessing any of that or credit facilities, though I would presume the system could afford to pay out quite a bit to the victims.

It may impact Revenue to the school and the endowments in various ways, I would think mostly negatively.

Enrollment may go down, but how significantly ? Possibly significant, I dunno.

I think mostly this will come down to simply really ruining a good name and perhaps an overall contraction stemming from PR verging on the apocalyptic.

The ranks of management should and may experience a very large turnover as many in management will undoubtedly be questioned and come under legal scrutiny.

The very morals of the school itself as an organization will be laid bare as parents and the whole nation take a look at PSU in that vein and perhaps take a look at higher education in general as well as themselves in the mirror.

Probably some good will come of this as it may bring some part of America’s grassroots to see more clearly that sodomy is a sin, which will help people to see how a return to God is in order.


13 posted on 11/10/2011 3:32:14 PM PST by PieterCasparzen (We have to fix things ourselves)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Hey isn’t the the school whose faculty said it was o.k. for Michael Mann to make up his hockey stock data, to prove AGW theory?


14 posted on 11/10/2011 3:37:32 PM PST by Redmen4ever
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To: Colofornian
..and anyone who knew anything of this sexual predator's actions with children and did nothing, could be sued by victims involved in the Sandusky/Penn State Child Abuse Sex Scandal.

1998: "Detective Ronald Schreffler testifies that he and State College Police Department Detective Ralph Ralston, with the consent of the mother of Victim 6, eavesdrop on two conversations the mother of Victim 6 has with Sandusky. Sandusky says he has showered with other boys and Victim 6's mother tries to make Sandusky promise never to shower with a boy again but he will not. At the end of the second conversation, after Sandusky is told he cannot see Victim 6 anymore, Schreffler testifies Sandusky says, "I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won't get it from you. I wish I were dead."

Jerry Lauro, an investigator with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, testifies he and Schreffler interviewed Sandusky, and that Sandusky admits showering naked with Victim 6, admits to hugging Victim 6 while in the shower and admits that it was wrong.

The case is closed after then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decides there will be no criminal charge.HuffPo: Penn State Scandal Timeline [so far]

Suicide Watch?

15 posted on 11/10/2011 3:40:50 PM PST by fight_truth_decay (No Tag)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Also heard mention of student class actions for irreparable damages to careers and reputations from negligence.


16 posted on 11/10/2011 3:43:41 PM PST by databoss
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To: trumandogz

No sports recruits will want to go there...those there are looking for the exits.


17 posted on 11/10/2011 3:45:38 PM PST by databoss
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To: Redmen4ever

Read my comment under the story..he was not there then according to the stories I pulled up; but I had also thought he was. There is a link above..was looking at that myself in recall. Still above shows a few days ago the Judge in VA said those emails in question would not be released—Universities and funding/grants..again taxpayers right to know kicked to the curb.


18 posted on 11/10/2011 3:47:18 PM PST by fight_truth_decay (No Tag)
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19 posted on 11/10/2011 3:48:17 PM PST by fight_truth_decay (No Tag)
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To: databoss
A Part of the List

A janitor named James Calhoun observes Sandusky in the showers of the Lasch Football Building with a young boy, known as Victim 8, pinned up against the wall, performing oral sex on the boy. He tells other janitorial staff immediately. Fellow Office of Physical Plant employee Ronald Petrosky cleans the showers at Lasch and sees Sandusky and the boy, who he describes as being between the ages of 11 and 13.

Calhoun tells other physical plant employees what he saw, including Jay Witherite, his immediate supervisor. Witherite tells him to whom he should report the incident. Calhoun was a temporary employee and never makes a report. Victim 8's identity is unknown.

March 1, 2002 – A Penn State graduate assistant enters the locker room at the Lasch Football Building. In the showers, he sees a naked boy, known as Victim 2, whose age he estimates to be 10 years old, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky. The graduate assistant tells his father immediately.

March 2, 2002 – In the morning, the graduate assistant calls Coach Joe Paterno and goes to Paterno's home, where he reports what he has seen.

March 3, 2002 – Paterno calls Tim Curley, Penn State Athletic Director to his home the next day and reports a version of what the grad assistant had said...just goes on and on...

AND LIFE AND FOOTBALL WENT ON AT PENN STATE $$$$.

-Same HP source

20 posted on 11/10/2011 3:53:33 PM PST by fight_truth_decay (No Tag)
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To: fight_truth_decay
The problem for all these PSU faculty is that despite this investigation and his removal from the football staff, he was still allowed access to PSU facilities in the presence of children.

I don't know how these people could sleep at night.

A couple questions come to my mind. I wonder if there is a state law making it mandatory for education officials to report suspected child abuse. If there is such a law in PA I wonder if it applies to university staff. My other question is whether some sort of legal settlement associated with Sandusky leaving the football program included a non-disclosure agreement to keep these witnesses quiet.

21 posted on 11/10/2011 3:55:17 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: fight_truth_decay
March 2, 2002 – In the morning, the graduate assistant calls Coach Joe Paterno and goes to Paterno's home, where he reports what he has seen.

And when told of what he saw, the first thing to go through Paterno's head was "Oh not this crap again." Because everybody knew he was doing this. They knew it back in 1998. The police knew about it also, so there was no sense in calling them. It was just something nobody cared to talk about or deal with. Hundreds knew he was doing this. He was just the local guy who liked young boys, which in of it self is not a crime.

22 posted on 11/10/2011 4:09:55 PM PST by FoxPro
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To: fight_truth_decay

They are scumbags.

Sue them, bankrupt them, throw the guilty and culpable in jail, throw the rest out on the street, knock the buildings down and plow salt in the earth where they stood.


23 posted on 11/10/2011 4:12:53 PM PST by Iron Munro (One Trillion seconds = 31,709 years. One Trillion dollars = 3 Months of Obama Spending)
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To: fight_truth_decay

“10 years old, being subjected to anal intercourse”

There will need to be a lot of bleach to clean those walls. The stink runs deep.


24 posted on 11/10/2011 4:16:23 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Read my comment under the story..he was not there then according to the stories I pulled up; but I had also thought he was. There is a link above..was looking at that myself in recall. Still above shows a few days ago the Judge in VA said those emails in question would not be released—Universities and funding/grants..again taxpayers right to know kicked to the curb.

So far, so good for Mann, but Fox just reported that the last DemonRat in a contest for a state senate seat just conceded to his pubbie opponent. This may mean, assuming the pubbies have some backbone, VA statutes maight be amended to give the public and the VA AG access to those emails. We can at last hope.

25 posted on 11/10/2011 4:22:15 PM PST by libstripper
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To: Random Access
Penn State will be playing Nebraska--would sell to fans for Nebraska but that coach worries about his kids safety with the recent riot. This will still be a heated atmosphere!

Why candles were not just carried with the school song..but instead youths rioting.

Mike McQueary interviewed and really Heated on the subject: Should they even be playing Saturday ?? says sportscaster; but if all just about money for the university. Think this is just going to get better..more on the table we don't know yet.

Current ongoing news Live Videos Opinions..Mike McQueary"if I saw someone abusing a 10 year old and did nothing, did not stop it, did not argue with him, but go home and tell your dad?" Who does that and the ass. coach was said 28 [not 21] at the time.

Said this game Saturday is team support their coach.

Jeremy Schaap points out that Joe Paterno wasn't fired as a scapegoat but because he failed to follow a basic human responsibility and you do nothing but become an accomplice knowing this man worked in and around young boys, sudden resignation but still around working with kids and at risk kids at that.

A child molester is not going to stop left in the same environment. Paterno should be gone. A cover-up! All about the money, the safety of kids last.

26 posted on 11/10/2011 4:25:53 PM PST by fight_truth_decay (No Tag)
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To: USNBandit
To answer my own question, it is mandatory under PA state law for educators to report suspected child abuse. From reading the sections of the law I can find on the internet, I still can't figure out if that means the police or just to superiors. I would assume at some point, somebody is required to report it to police.

This could have gone so differently had JoePa grabbed some of his biggest players and physically dragged this guy to the police. The way they worship Paterno in that town, he could have walked into that locker room and put a bullet in Sandusky's melon and they would have never found a jury to convict him. Instead his whole career will be tarnished by this failure in moral courage.

27 posted on 11/10/2011 4:35:59 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: fight_truth_decay
This will be a full employment act for PA lawyers. Would be good if the University officials could be sued personally rather than taxpayers paying the multimillion dollar awards that are likely to come.
28 posted on 11/10/2011 4:40:11 PM PST by Hamilcar_Barca
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To: fight_truth_decay
Who will pay the court costs for upcoming trials, law suits? The taxpayer as usual?

Who should be included in the lawsuit? All the GLBT clubs at Penn State that foster a cultural environment that allows NAMBLA minded homosexuals to ply their vise. A quick check of the GLBT sites show they are mum about this homosexual perversion carried out at Penn State. Had Penn State tried to clean out the homos in football, they would have been persecuted in the courts just as the Boy Scout have been. The homos are the root of the problem, the unspoken story.

29 posted on 11/10/2011 4:43:00 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: randita

I know :-(


30 posted on 11/10/2011 6:22:01 PM PST by Tribune7 (If you demand perfection you will wind up with leftist Democrats)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

Another PSU ping


31 posted on 11/10/2011 6:22:36 PM PST by Tribune7 (If you demand perfection you will wind up with leftist Democrats)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

Can you come up with concrete evidence? If not, you won’t get your wish.


32 posted on 11/10/2011 6:38:02 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Penn State is morally bankrupt and soon to be financially bankrupt. I do feel sorry for the students that had nothing to do with this and didn’t associate with the moronic behavior last night.


33 posted on 11/10/2011 6:44:37 PM PST by eyedigress ((Old storm chaser from the west)?)
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To: GAB-1955
The day this broke, Rush mentioned there is one thing staring us in the face that no one will talk about, not even him.

Now what could that be? Here are the following hints. The gays have about 65 different websites advertised for resources for campus gays. see the first link below. A story by Mark Madden reveals this was all known a long time ago on Penn State. Why the silence? Who dares to stand against the homos. I believe the garden variety of homosexuals consider the NAMBLA faction as allies. They think they will get to pick up the broken boys.

You ask me to come up with evidence? What do you want? You think Jerry Sandusky is simply a heterosexual gone bad. You don't see a a NAMBLA connection in pimping out the boys to old men? See the second link about a story by Mark Madden. The system is cowed by the homo lobby.

The sooner the straight society really grasps the idea that it is under attack by perverts (and the left), it will be able to take measures to neutalize the homo lobby. Until then, the homos will continue to bugger boys.

Penn State GLBT Resources

Homo networks in the news, Mark Madden

34 posted on 11/10/2011 7:38:33 PM PST by LoneRangerMassachusetts (The meek shall not inherit the Earth)
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To: LoneRangerMassachusetts

I don’t think anything, but I prefer to have stronger evidence.


35 posted on 11/10/2011 7:51:07 PM PST by GAB-1955 (I write books, serve my country, love my wife and daughter, and believe in the Resurrection.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Suicide Watch?

The Prophet Ezekiel says that God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked....BUT...if Sandusky were to do the only honorable thing it would spare the victims the trauma of testifying and save the public the expense of a trial.

36 posted on 11/10/2011 7:56:57 PM PST by lightman (Adjutorium nostrum (+) in nomine Domini)
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