Skip to comments.Former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh assists with Paterno review of Freeh report
Posted on 02/09/2013 9:07:09 PM PST by FlJoePa
One of Pennsylvania's most prominent citizens has been part of the Paterno family's efforts to clear the late Joe Paterno of responsibility for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal at Penn State.
The Paterno family is set to release its rebuttal to the Freeh Report on Sunday morning, starting with an appearance by the authors of their counter-attack on the ESPN news magazine show, "Outside the Lines."
Former Gov. Dick Thornburgh will be prominent on that panel, giving it heft as a former U.S. Attorney General under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Thornburgh's involvement in the Paterno's Freeh review had been rumored in recent days, and was confirmed Saturday night by a source familiar with the work.
Thornburgh had a good relationship with Joe Paterno, whose legacy as a coach who did things the right way has been called into question nationally by the Freeh Report.
The Freeh report listed Paterno as among a small group of top leaders at Penn State who may have cared more about protecting Penn State's reputation than the interests of Sandusky's child victims.
Freeh concluded that their efforts to handle Sandusky allegations internally let the former defensive coach in a position to continue to prey on young victims for years after he could have been stopped.
In one of the last highlights of his two terms as governor, Thornburgh presided over the festive departures and returns of the Nittany Lions football team from their national championship in 1987.
In 1988, Paterno seconded Bush's nomination for president at that year's Republican National Convention.
But Thornburgh also is very familiar with Louis Freeh, the man whose work he is expected to question on Sunday.
In 1990, as Attorney General, Thornburgh tapped Freeh to oversee an investigation in mail bombings involving an Alabama judge and a civil rights lawyer in Georgia. Freeh apparently was credited with rescuing a case that was getting bogged down, according to a New York Times profile of Freeh.
Louis isn't going to have a very good week. Good thing he suckered Pepper Hamilton when he did.
We've already seen a b.o.t. member and the PA Head of DPW resign this week. Who's next? Rodney Erickson maybe?
9AM tomorrow espn.
What’s in this for Gov. Dick Thornburgh?
Is he nuts?
Maybe he wants the truth. Not the media narrative, but the actual truth. Regardless, louis is going to get beaten like a rented mule in the morning and it is long overdue.
Don’t forget the popcorn. Even though it’s 9am.
Maybe the lynch mob doesn’t frighten him.
Why the hatred for Freeh? Just because you don’t like his findings? He’s not exactly a hack...
Sorry if I’m not a fan of David Koresh.
Freeh wasn't responsible, was he?
I'm from a small town in PA called Montoursville. Ever hear of Flight 800? 16 students and 5 chaperones from MHS were on that flight. How'd louis handle that investigation?
Even freeh's wiki page is brutal.
Not a hack?
I really would like to see the reaction from the NCAA? Not the media spin they will give the media.....the real “I just soiled my pants” reaction from their risk management people. They are the ones who hocked the farm on the Freeh Report
When you can't dispute the message, attack the messenger!
Clear conflict of interest since Thornburgh is hardly objective.
It seems that there are a few folks here at FR who believe that Paterno's hands were clean in this mess. They were not. Period.
These guys here on this thread think that Joe Paterno is completely innocent in covering up for Sandusky and are attacking anyone who dares to say otherwise.
I think that posting material from nutcase Lew Rockwell is verboten at FR.
<>Even freeh’s[sic]wiki page is brutal. When you can’t dispute the message, attack the messenger!<>
Thornburgh has a wiki page:
It is quite a contrast to Louie Freeh’s brutal page.
Which of those two would you trust to produce an objective report???
Whom do I trust?
How about Joe Paterno who said, "I wish I had done more." Says it all, doesn't it?
We have a perpetrator (Sandusky) We have an enabler of Sandusky (Paterno). And on this thread (among others), we have enablers of an enabler (Paterno).
What I don't understand is why you bring this piece of human debris to this beautiful website?
Why don't you bring your enabling over to the ESPN and/or Yahoo Sports websites and see how far you get in their comments section?
Where in those words does it say "I knew"
Do you wish you had done more???? Does that mean that "you knew what Sandusky was doing". Hmmmmm???
What kind of logic is that? I wasn't in a position to know what was going on therefore how would I know what Sandusky was doing?
Paterno: "I wish I had done more." This was said in hindsight as in "I knew what was going on and I had the wherewithall to do more about it at the time, but I didn't."
It's the same logic you are using as a Monday morning quarterback.
And you are misquoting him. He said "In hindsight ..."
That means that he didn't have information to act on at the time. I'm assuming neither did you.
So I ask you again:
In hindsight, do you wish you had done more???
You don't even know what hindsight means. Go look it up as to when someone would use such a phrase.
You are an enabler of an enabler of a perpetrator.
In hindsight, do you wish you had done more???
IF you’re going to go the “guilt through association” route, you may want to review the review the relationship between Joe Pa and Coach Pedo...
Louis Freeh isn't "guilty by association with anything." He actively participated in numerous cover-ups and illegal actions as head of the FBI.
For example: whatever you may think of the David Koresh, here's an interesting fact that you may want to consider the next time you let Louis Free off the hook.
All evidence at the crime scene at Waco was destroyed within weeks of the raid that killed nearly all of the Branch Davidians. Why?
The medical examiner was denied access to the bodies of the victims. Why?
Film from various angles shows FBI agents firing on the Davidian compound -- which the FBI denied. The re-enactment of the crime was admittedly performed under completely different conditions from the original raid. To make it appear that the claim was false. Why?
For months the FBI denied they used incendiary rounds in the raid, several officers stating so under oath. When evidence came forward that incendiary rounds were used, the FBI admitted they had, indeed, been used. No agents were ever charged for perjury or obstruction. Why?
Despite that, and despite the fact that the FBI controlled all access to whatever evidence remained, and despite the fact that four Federal Officers were killed in the initial service of the warrant, and despite charging the remaining Davidians with murder, NO JURY has ever found a single member of the Davidians guilty of that crime. The initial (fabricated) gun charges were all set aside by later courts, and as of the end of 2006, no member of the Davidians was still in prison, four dead ATF agents notwithstanding.
Louis Freeh and Janet Reno are complicit in the murder of the Branch Davidians, and they destroyed evidence and fabricated charges to cover their guilt. That's not "guilt by association" that's real, filthy, dirty guilt. Luckily Federal juries were not willing to participate in their crimes.
At least we can be glad you recognize that Paterno has been declared guilty by association. Unfortunately for your moral compass, you seem to think that's OK.
There's no evidence of that. What there is evidence of is that you are a filthy smear-peddler, who, on the basis of nothing, wants to trash other people.
No finder of fact has yet found anyone -- except Sandusky -- guilty of anything.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Isn't it too bad Joe Paterno died. Otherwise, he would be sitting in that cell next to Sandusky.
Please take your cult worship of this filth to some other forum.
I was here before you were. I think I’ll stay.