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."